Charles and Queen Camilla’s rapturous French welcome

Charles was greeted with shouts of ‘King’ from Paris balconies as he and Queen Camilla received a rapturous welcome for the start of their three-day State Visit to France.

The King beamed and waved at the adoring crowds as he walked through the streets of Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron before they exchanged gifts with one another and held talks at the Elysee Palace ahead of a lavish state dinner later this evening. 

Charles and Camilla arrived shortly before 2pm on a private chartered flight from Farnborough, travelling on what is dubbed the ‘baby Voyager’ airbus plane to Paris Orly airport, where they were officially welcomed by the French Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, on behalf of President Macron and the French government.

They were also received by foreign secretary James Cleverly, the UK’s ambassador to France Dame Menna Rawlings and the French Ambassador to the UK, Hélène Tréheux-Duchêne.

Camilla was a pop of colour in an elegant dusky pink wool crepe coat dress by Fiona Clare, and a pink beret-shaped hat by milliner Philip Treacy, which she held on to tightly due to blustery conditions as they walked along a red carpet, brushed to perfection earlier.

The royals were then whisked off in the State Bentley to the Arc de Triomphe where they were greeted by the President Macron, 45, and his wife Brigitte, 70, for a ceremony of remembrance and wreath laying at the iconic monument. 

The President gave a small bow to the King and Queen, while Bridgette Macron – more business-like than Camilla in a navy jacket and short blue skirt with heels – gave Camilla a friendly kiss on each cheek. President Macron was then seen chuckling with the Queen as she repeatedly tried to keep her hat in place.

Charles was met with cries of ‘King’ from Paris balconies as he and Emmanuel Macron walked through the streets of the French capital together

King Charles smiles warmly as he chats to President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris on the first day of his state visit 

King Charles III laughs as he and French President Macron gather for a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in the centre of Paris 

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French President Emmanuel Macron his wife wife Brigitte Macron welcome King Charles III and Queen Camilla for an official welcoming ceremony

King Charles and Queen Camilla have landed in France for their three-day state visit. This afternoon they were welcomed by President Macron at an official ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, where the two leaders went on to lay a wreath

As the King and President laid the wreath as a both nations’ air forces conducted a magnificent fly past, soaring over the famous Parisian landmark

President Emmanuel Macron with his wife Brigitte and Britain’s King Charles and Queen Camilla arrive for a bilateral meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris

Queen Camilla and Brigitte Macron help each other down a short flight of steps during this afternoon’s meeting at the Elysee Palace 

Charles performs the re-kindling of the eternal flame using the Comite de la Flamme passed to him by Mr Macron 

Britain’s King Charles and French President Emmanuel Macron attend a remembrance ceremony at Arc de Triomphe Paris

Emmanuel Macron bows and holds Queen Camilla’s hand. The Queen and King Charles are in France on a three-day State Visit

King Charles and Camilla disembark their plane arriving at a windy Orly Airport this afternoon

After being whisked away from the airport, Charles met President Macron at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris marking the first day of their state visit 

President Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron greet King Charles and Queen Camilla at an official ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris 

King Charles and Queen Camilla greet French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne after landing in France’s Orly Airport this afternoon

The King and Queen walk down the red carpet alongside the Prime Minister 

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Queen Camilla was forced to hold on to her hat this afternoon as she disembarked off the plane in Paris 

The French President was seen chuckling as Camilla was forced to hold onto her hat once again due to the blustery conditions in Paris 

President Macron and his wife, Mme Macron, greeted their guests warmly, having posted a glowing video tribute to the British monarch – showing Charles in France over the decades – on their social media outlets earlier. It read: ‘You visited as a Prince, you return as a King. Your Majesty, welcome.’

As the King and President laid the wreath as a both nations’ air forces conducted a magnificent fly past, soaring over the famous Parisian landmark. As part of the ceremony, Charles was invited by the president to symbolically light the monument’s eternal flame which burns in memory of those who died in the First and Second World Wars.

The King will have a meeting with the President before attending the black tie event at the Palace of Versailles, where he and Queen Camilla will be joined by Sir Mick Jagger.

A military band played the national anthems of Britain and France before His Majesty was escorted by the President to inspect the soldiers, consisting of the Regimental Band of the Garde Républicaine, the French Colour Part and the Tri-Service Guard of Honour. Meanwhile, the Queen chatted enthusiastically with Madame Macron.

After the Guard Inspection, The King and President Macron made their way to the Plateau, the centre piece of the Arc de Triomphe, where they stopped at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Both men bowed in silence in front of the eternal flame under the war memorial, before together laying a wreath in tribute to those who perished in the First and Second World Wars.

Nestled in the floral arrangement of white and red roses, the King placed a handwritten card with: ‘In everlasting remembrance’, written in English and French.

After the lighting, the bugle call ‘Aux Morts’, the French equivalent of ‘The Last Post’, meaning ‘to the dead’, was sounded and followed by a minute’s silence.

The British national anthem was followed by the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, as a stunning flypast of the Patrouille de France and the Red Arrows roared above the Champs-Élysées.

The Arc was the location for the Ceremonial Arrival of Queen Elizabeth II for Her Majesty’s final State Visit to France in 2014.

Nestled in the floral arrangement of white and red roses, the King placed a handwritten card with: ‘Iin everlasting remembrance’, written in English and French

The President gave a small bow to the King and Queen, while Bridgette Macron – more business-like than Camilla in a navy jacket and short blue skirt with heels – gave Camilla a friendly kiss on each cheek

A military band played the national anthems of Britain and France before His Majesty was escorted by the President to inspect the soldiers

Britain’s King Charles, his wife Queen Camilla, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron attend a remembrance ceremony

The French head of state’s spouse, Brigitte Macron and Queen Camilla speak after a ceremonial welcome at The Arc De Triomphe

Brigitte Macron and Queen Camilla meet representatives of local veteran organisations, scout and guide organisations, and the British School of Paris during a ceremonial welcome at the Arc de Triomphe

Queen Camilla shakes hands with one of the attendees during the short meeting at the Arc de Triomphe 

As Charles and Camilla arrived in Paris this afternoon, a major security operation was underway – six months after they were forced to postpone their trip because of violent protests in the country

Britain’s King Charles leans in to chat with soldiers during a remembrance ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris today

King Charles greets the crowds, shaking hands with people after attending a remembrance ceremony on the first day of his state visit

French President Emmanuel Macron talks with King Charles III as they leave the Champs-Elysees after the welcoming ceremony of their royal visit to Paris

The King was in a jovial mood as he smiled and laughed while walking from the Elysee Palace to the British ambassador to France’s residence

King Charles waves to crowds while President Macron beams as they walk through the streets of Paris with an entourage

Crowds flocked onto the streets of central Paris to watch the moment that King Charles III and Camilla arrived for the ceremony

King Charles III with President Macron before planting an oak tree at the British Ambassador’s residence after the ceremony 

The President of the flame committee then invited Charles and Camilla to sign the ‘Livre d’Or’ or the ‘Golden Book’, to mark their visit.

Their Majesties, accompanied by the President and Madame Macron, then left in a waiting car to be driven down the Champs-Elysée toward the Elysée Palace, escorted by two Squadrons of the Mounted Regiment of the Garde Républicaine.

The King presented President Macron with a photography album containing images of the two of them.

Charles, 74, also gave Mr Macron a complete edition of French author Voltaire’s writings as they met at the Elysee Palace.

The complete edition included Voltaire’s Lettres sur les Anglais, otherwise known as Lettres philosophiques.

The works have been edited by Prof Nicholas Cronk, director of the Voltaire Foundation and a leading UK academic at Oxford University.

Having started work in 1968, the complete works, comprising 205 volumes, was only recently finished in April 2022.

In return, Mr Macron gave the King a golden coin from the Monnaie de Paris featuring Charles’s portrait.

He also gave him a first-edition prize-winning French novel – Romain Gary’s novel Les Racines (The Roots of Heaven), which won the Prix Goncourt, France’s highest literary award in 1956.

The King and Mr Macron arrived by car at the Elysee together just before 4pm, closely followed by the Queen and Brigitte Macron.

The foursome exchanged pleasantries as they stood at the end of a red carpet in the courtyard, laughing and joking together.

They then made their way up the red carpet, pausing to pose for photographs before Charles and Camilla led the way inside.

Mr Macron appeared particularly animated, joking with the gathered media.

Inside, the King and Mr Macron posed for photographs in the lavishly decorated Salon d’ore which is used as the President’s main office.

As they entered the room, Charles jokingly asked if the waiting photographers were always there.

The men posed before the French and EU flags before taking their seats for a private discussion.

The King and Mr Macron left on foot at 16.40, headed for the UK ambassador’s residence where they will plant an oak tree presented as a gift by the French President.

The two men appeared to be in deep conversation as they strolled out of the grounds together.

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The King and President Macron stood together at the remembrance ceremony this afternoon at the Arc de Triomphe in France 

The King and President are seen chatting as they leave a ceremonial welcome at the Arc de Triomphe to mark Charles’ arrival in France

The King joined the French president to lay a wreath of remembrance 

King Charles III and French President Emmanuel Macron inspect the Guard during a ceremonial welcome at the Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Charles was invited by the president to symbolically light the monument’s eternal flame which burns in memory of those who died in the First and Second World Wars

The King and шахта обменник French president Emmanuel Macron both look to their right and smile as they leave the Elysee Palace on Wednesday

King Charles seemed in high spirits as he disembarked the plane in France, chuckling at someone as he walked across the runway 

The RAF Voyager used by the Royal Family touching down in Paris this afternoon 

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As Charles and Camilla arrived in Paris this afternoon, a major security operation was underway – six months after they were forced to postpone their trip because of violent protests in the country.

Taking to social media to welcome the monarch shortly before his arrival, President Macron shared a video montage of achieve footage of the King’s previous 34 trips to the country as Prince of Wales.

The poignant videos span over decades, some showing a very young Charles while others show him speaking in French, at one point admitting ‘I don’t practice the French language enough’.

The President proudly shared the montage, captioning it: ‘You visited as a Prince, you return as a King. Your Majesty, welcome.’ 

Charles, 76, and Camilla, 74, will divide their time between Paris and Bordeaux packing in 21 high-profile engagements in just three days. The trip marks Charles’s 35th official visit to France and Camilla’s ninth. 

The couple last visited France in 2019, attending a service in Bayeux Cathedral to mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings. Queen Elizabeth II, and the Duke of Edinburgh undertook a State Visit to France in 2014. 

The Royal Family shared a photo of the monarch boarding a plane in London this morning 

Writing on X, Charles and Camilla said: ‘We are so looking forward to joining you in Paris and Bordeaux, as we embark on our first State Visit as King and Queen to France, a country for which we both have the greatest love and admiration’

The French President captioned the video: ‘You visited as a Prince, you return as a King. Your Majesty, welcome’. Pictured: A video of Charles, then Prince of Wales, on an official visit to Paris 

A Guard of Honour wait for Charles on the runway in Paris this afternoon 

A bomb squad member and a sniffer dog inspect a car prior to the monarch’s arrival 

Sharing footage of the King being welcomed onto his jet in London this morning, Charles and Camilla said in a joint Tweet: ‘We are so looking forward to joining you in Paris and Bordeaux, as we embark on our first State Visit as King and Queen to France, a country for which we both have the greatest love and admiration. 

‘We will celebrate the special bond between our two countries and all that your wonderful country has to offer. À bientôt France!’

As part of the Anglo-French charm offensive, President Macron will host a state banquet in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles while the King will become the first British royal to address the French senate, speaking in both English and French.

The King was forced to cancel his state visit to France after widespread rioting began across the country opposing Macron’s retirement age reforms.

It was set to be the King and Queen’s first state visit following the death of Queen Elizabeth but Germany – the second leg of the journey – became the historic first destination for the couple. 

In the days leading up to the planned visit, protesters daubed ‘Death to the King’ in threatening red paint across buildings, warning the violence would worsen if the monarch arrived.

The King and Queen were greeted with windy conditions when they jumped out of their car to meet President Macron

King Charles and President Macron lay a joint Franco-British wreath decorated with ribbons at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 

One protester held up a placard with ‘Not my King’ written over it as the King and Queen arrived at the Arc de Triomphe 

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne goes to greet King Charles III and Queen Camilla King Charles III and Queen Camilla arrive at Orly Airport, Paris, along with Foreign Secretary James Cleverley 

French military begin to gather at the Arc De Triomphe ahead of a ceremonial welcome for the King and Queen

The King and Queen’s plane flew in this afternoon, ready for a jam-packed few days in Paris and Bordeaux 

A bomb squad member and a sniffer dog inspect a car prior to the arrival of King Charles at the Orly Airport

In Paris this morning, streets were seen being lined with Union Jacks and French flags ahead of the King and Queen’s first official state visit together as monarchs 

The King and Queen were given the red carpet treatment before being greeted by 

The video montage used various clips, including one where the King, then a young Prince, admitted ‘I don’t practice my French as much as I should’

Streets are barricaded and decorated with flags of United Kingdom and France as King Charles III, accompanied by Queen Camilla, travels to Paris, France

President Emmanuel Macron is expected to throw a lavish state banquet in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles to mark the King and Queen’s arrival

The British Government was asked by the French leader to postpone the trip at the time after French unions called for the nationwide pension protests to coincide with the King’s visit. 

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