The new sovereign of the United Kingdom, invited by Emmanuel Macron, must visit France in the coming months.
King Charles III is expected to travel to Paris for a state visit in March, following an invitation offered by Emmanuel Macron at the time of Elizabeth II’s funeral.
According to our colleagues from Parisian, an event with great fanfare is planned for the week of March 27, with a state dinner. A meeting between Brigitte Macron and Queen Camilla with a potential symbolic visit to a place embodying the causes defended by the two women would also be considered. A meeting between Charles III and Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris is also possible.
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“Be part of the family continuity”
“It is an extremely strong symbol because it will be the first official visit of Charles III. This visit comes when the king is not yet crowned, which shows that France is a priority for him”, affirms an executive adviser. King Charles III must indeed be crowned with his wife on May 6, 2023.
“This visit is an opportunity to show the age-old attachment of his country to ours, beyond Brexit, and to be part of the family continuity, because Elizabeth II was Francophile and French-speaking”, judge a deputy of the majority .
But the diplomatic visit will probably be coupled with a summit between the two countries upstream. Several divisive and topical issues such as Ukraine or immigration indeed require discussions between the two States.