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Red white and bleu: French and British planes fly overhead as King Charles begins three-day visit to France
20 September 2023, 14:30 | Updated: 20 September 2023, 15:51
The King and Queen are in France for a three day trip to Paris and Bordeaux six months after it had to be rescheduled because of widespread rioting across the country.
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The royals have begun their postponed trip to France which was meant to happen in March.
The King and Queen were greeted by French prime minister Elisabeth Borne, and president Macron.
King and Queen land in France for state visit
God Save the King played out around the Arc de Triomphe by a French choir. The King stood side-by-side with Macron listening to it.
Their tour - and their first state visit - was delayed after violent nationwide riots and demonstrations by those opposed to President Emmanuel Macron's retirement age reforms.
Just a few days before the the King and Queen's visit was due to begin, Bordeaux's town hall was set on fire by protesters.
Germany - meant to be the second leg of the tour - became the historic first state visit destination for Charles and Camilla instead.
The King will become the first British monarch to give a speech from France's senate chamber, to senators and national assembly members.
On the agenda for today, the King and Queen will join their hosts, Macron and his wife Brigitte, for a ceremony of remembrance and wreath-laying at the Arc de Triomphe in the middle of Paris.
During the ceremony, the King will be invited by the president Macron to symbolically light the monument's eternal flame which burns in memory of those who died in the First and Second World Wars.
Both the King and Mr Macron will address the 160 guests. This will include high-profile figures chosen for their contribution to British-French relations.
Speaking on Britain's ties with France a senior official from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office said that it is an "absolutely massive relationship, both government to government and people to people".
It's what we call a 'full spectrum' relationship, ranging through defence ... trade, migration, and a key part of it is sustainability and our work together on the environment, both with each other and in the world".
The royal couple are also set to meet star athletes as France hosts the Rugby World Cup.