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Charles III and Camilla: their visit to France postponed, a new date becomes clear

Charles III and Camilla will finally avoid French soil and settle for a visit to Germany. This March 24, 2023, the Elysee Palace and Buckingham Palace announced that President Emmanuel Macron and the King of England had decided to cancel and postpone this visit.

A sad news for the fans of the British monarchy. King Charles III and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla have decided, by mutual agreement with Emmanuel Macron, to cancel the visit planned to Paris and Bordeaux from March 26 to 29. The President of the Republic did not want Charles III and his wife to be received in an angry France, following the announcement of a new national day of action against the pension reform on Tuesday, March 28. The “good sense and friendship” led the president to propose a postponement to King Charles III, “at the beginning of the summer, depending on our respective agendas,” said Emmanuel Macron at a press conference in Brussels.

With the coronation scheduled for May 6, it would have been difficult for the king and queen to visit the French, even though they had promised Emmanuel Macron their first official trip abroad as a royal couple. According to Buckingham Palace, the couple is looking forward to a new opportunity to come to France, “as soon as new dates can be found.” The President of the Republic seems to want Charles III to be received “in conditions that correspond to our relationship of friendship”.

Emmanuel Macron present at the coronation of King Charles III

One invitation replacing another, Emmanuel Macron announced some good news at the end of a press conference in Brussels this March 24, 2023. “I myself will be present at his invitation at the coronation ceremony” said the President of the Republic, with a smile on his face. The two men will perhaps have time to exchange before seeing each other this summer on French territory, in Paris and Bordeaux as initially planned.

In the columns of the Journal du Dimanche of this Sunday, March 26, Olivier Véran reveals that discussions for a new date for the visit of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla are underway. According to the government spokesman, the British monarchs will come to France “by the summer”. The final details should be organized in the coming weeks.

Photo credits: Raphael Lafargue / Pool / Bestimage

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