After a first missed meeting, the big day: Charles III, accompanied by his wife Queen Camilla, begins a three-day state visit to France on Wednesday marked with solemnity and pomp. Follow the royal couple’s visit live on France 24 from 2:30 p.m.
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To celebrate the relaunch of Franco-British friendship after the turbulence of Brexit, France is rolling out the red carpet for the state visit of King Charles III. The sovereign and Queen Camilla, visiting for three days, will attend a state dinner at the Palace of Versailles on Wednesday September 20, in the presence of more than 150 guests in the Hall of Mirrors.
In March, everything had to be canceled at the last minute amid violent demonstrations in France against pension reform. Six months later, calm has returned to the streets of the French capital and it is time once again for the “Entente Cordiale”, or Franco-British concord, the 120th anniversary of which will be celebrated next April.
Despite this missed first meeting last spring, the program of the 74-year-old British monarch and 76-year-old Queen Camilla has not changed much. It oscillates between strong symbolic commitments and meetings with actors from French civil society.
“The visit comes in a context of strengthening ties between the United Kingdom and France” after a first phase of “reconnection”, welcomes the Élysée.
Follow the British monarch’s visit live on France 24 from 2:30 p.m.