In pictures: State of the Nation Address 2014

Marching troops, bagpipes, lots of hard work in preparations, and high fashion on the red carpet: view a gallery of images from the opening of parliament and State of the Nation Address in Cape Town on 13 February 2014. All photos courtesy GCIS.

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On the red carpet: Mandla Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela, in traditional Xhosa dress.

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At a lunch for special guests invited to attend the State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma helps Rebecca Kotane, wife of late ANC leader Moses Kotane, cut the cake celebrating her 102nd birthday.

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Workers making final preparations for the ceremony.

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A worker making final preparations for the ceremony.

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On the red carpet: Thapelo Chilwani.

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At a lunch for special guests invited to attend the State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma congratulates Joseph Shabalala, leader of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, on the group winning, in January 2014, their fourth Grammy award.

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On the red carpet: Speaker of parliament Max Sisulu, Jacob Zuma’s wife Tobeka Zuma, and Mninwa Mahlangu, chair of the National Council of Provinces.

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South African President Jacob Zuma delivering his State of the Nation Address in parliament on 13 February 2014.

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On the red carpet: Rachel Tambo.

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On the red carpet: Rachel and Dali Tambo, the son of late African National Congress leader Oliver Tambo.

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South African National Defence Force troops rehearse for the ceremony.

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On the red carpet: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

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On the red carpet: Minister of Public Enterprises Malusi Gigaba.

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Rehearsals for the opening of parliament.

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On the red carpet: South African statistician-general Pali Lehohla.

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Rehearsals for the aerial flyby by the South African Airforce.

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On the red carpet: Khensani Kubayi and Nomalungelo Gina.

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On the red carpet: Faith Bikani.

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On the red carpet: Belinda Ngaju and Nomsa Ndaba.

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South African National Defence Force troops rehearse for the opening of parliament.

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South African National Defence Force troops rehearse for the opening of parliament on the morning of 13 February.

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Preparations underway for the opening of parliament and State of the Nation Address.

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Preparations underway for the opening of parliament and State of the Nation Address.

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Laying the red carpet.

Gallery compiled by Mary Alexander