Yesterday, Buckingham Palace officially announced the State visit to France by King Charles III and Queen Camilla. Despite a busy schedule on both sides of the Channel, Paris and London have managed to fit their agendas together: the King and Queen of the United Kingdom will visit France from Wednesday 20 to Friday 23 September. “This visit will celebrate the shared history, culture and values of the United Kingdom and France”, says the palace, which also points out that it will be “the 35th official visit of His Majesty King Charles III to France and the 9th official visit of Her Majesty Queen Camilla”.
Although the programme has yet to be finalised, Paris and Bordeaux will be the two key stops on the trip, as initially planned. The sovereigns are expected to preside over a ceremony under the Arc-de-Triomphe, in the presence of the French President. There will also be a state banquet, as is tradition. We will keep you informed of the programme as soon as it is unveiled. In any case, the royal couple will indeed be making a visit to the South-West, heading for Bordeaux.