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EXCLUSIVE – King Charles III visiting France: a strict lifestyle revealed

From March 26 to 29, Charles III and Camilla will be in France, for their first trip abroad. The royal couple, housed at the British Embassy in Paris, should not travel alone …

The visit is highly anticipated. From March 26 to 29, Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla will set foot on French soil for a few days in Paris and then in Bordeaux. Buckingham Palace has recently unveiled their prestigious program: meditation on the tomb of the unknown soldier, speech of the king in the Senate when the queen will participate in the opening of an exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay, then state dinner at the Palace of Versailles, in the presence of Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron. While in Paris, the royal couple will stay at the British Embassy in France. A tradition for members of the British royal family, Elizabeth II also used to sleep at the very chic 35 rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, a stone’s throw from the Elysee. Like his mother, Charles III was a lover of France.

But the late monarch and her eldest son were not similar in all respects, especially with regard to their staff. Indeed, no less than 40 servants should accompany the king during his journey in the hexagon. A crazy number of employees that had the gift to irritate the monarch. “Charles III has a very British lifestyle, very aristocratic, while the sovereign was more simple, more bourgeois. During her lifetime, the monarch was annoyed that her son arrived with more servants than her when they went to Balmoral or Sandringham” explains the historian Kevin Guillot. No delegations, politicians or personalities, but a very large number of valets and other butlers, exclusively at the service of King Charles III.

Charles III: his luxurious requirements revealed

It must be said that the new king, unlike his mother Elizabeth II, has many requirements. “His pajamas are ironed every morning, his shoelaces are ironed flat with an iron, the bathtub stopper must be in a certain position and the water temperature must be just lukewarm” had revealed Paul Burrell, Lady Diana’s former butler. The tooth brushing ceremony is not to be taken lightly either. Two centimeters of toothpaste, no more, must be applied to the bristles of her toothbrush! So many manners that must be respected to the letter or else the king will be irritated. Charles III liked it when a plan went off without a hitch. The affair of the blotter and the inkwell at the beginning of his reign testifies to this…

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