See all the ridiculously grandeur pics from the Colombian state visit at Buckingham Palace


The Queen held a Buckingham Palace banquet held in honour of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, the winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize - and it was as gloriously extravagant as you'd expect it to be.

There was a ceremonial welcome awaiting the arrival of Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez de Santos.

Coldstream Guards line up in preparation for the ceremonial welcome  (Gareth Fuller/PA)
(Gareth Fuller/PA)

Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos inspects the guards (Stefan Wermuth/PA)
(Stefan Wermuth/PA)

The Queen and Santos then set off together in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach - with the Duke of Edinburgh and Maria Clemencia Rodriguez de Santos in another carriage - in a procession along the Mall which was dressed with alternating UK and Colombian flags.

the carriage goes down the mall (Niklas Halle'n/PA)
(Niklas Halle'n/PA)

the queen and santos in the carriage (Niklas Halle'n/PA)
(Niklas Halle'n/PA)

Duke of Edinburgh with Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos's wife, Maria Clemencia Rodriguez de Santos (Alastair Grant/PA)
(Alastair Grant/PA)

And if you thought that entrance was grand enough, wait 'til you see how things stepped up another level when they all went inside.

the queen and colombian president dressed up for dinner (Adrian Dennis/PA)
(Adrian Dennis/PA)

Guests at a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
(Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Juan Manuel Santos and the queen cheers glasses (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
(Dominic Lipinski/PA)

There they spent the evening dining on pot-roasted Windsor estate pheasant along with 170 guests, while the Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra provided the musical entertainment.

Imagine pulling all that out the bag on Come Dine With Me - guaranteed 10s, surely?