I think State Teas will go over with the public better than State Dinners. Less extravagance, more relatable to people still recovering from being locked down with many losing jobs, being hungry, etc.
You read my mind re: the platform. It's just right for HM with one step and a discreet handrail. The draping and red carpet make it regal, along with the crest over the center on top.
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