The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall made a return to Clarence House today for a meeting with President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron. In a socially distanced ceremony of pomp and pageantry, President Macron was welcomed to London to celebrate the 80th anniversary of General de Gaulle’s ‘Appel’ – a broadcast to Nazi occupied France from London in 1940.
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As President Macron arrived at Clarence House he was met with a ceremonial Guard of Honour from the Coldstream Guards. Following the national anthems of both countries being played, Macron and Prince Charles were invited to inspect the servicemen – all from a safe two metre distance and sheltered by an umbrella as the UK’s Summer rain takes hold.

After talks inside Clarence House, Charles, Camilla and the President made the short trip down the Mall to the statues of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, where the President laid a wreath. King George VI reigned during the Second World War and he and Queen Elizabeth were often praised for their morale boosting visits to the bombed out areas of London and the rest of the country.

Before travelling to London today, President Macron took part in the traditional ceremony at Mont-Valerian outside Paris – a memorial for the people of France who fought against and were killed against the occupying Nazis.

President Macron will also meet with Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, where it is reported Mr Johnson will gift the President a framed montage containing a telegram sent from Charles de Gaulle to Sir Winston Churchill on Victory in Europe Day. Britain will also honour four French Resistance soldiers and there is expected to be a Red Arrows flypast from around 5pm, weather permitting.
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Charles de Gaulle’s ‘Appel’ is believed to have been the foundation for the French Resistance fight back against Nazi occupation. De Gaulle fled to London after refusing to an Armistice with Nazi forces and in his speech he said how his country had been overwhelmed by Germany’s Blitzkrieg tactics and its seemingly infinite supply of tanks and fighter planes.

De Gaulle added, “She is not alone! She is not alone! She has a vast empire behind her, she can form an alliance with the British Empire which holds the seas and continues to fight. She can, like England, call upon without limit the immense industry of the United States. Whatever happens, the flame of the French resistance must never be extinguished and it will never be extinguished.”
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Boris Johnson remarked, “The struggles we face today are different to those we confronted together 80 years ago. But I have no doubt that – working side by side – the UK and France will continue to rise to every new challenge and seize every opportunity that lies ahead.”

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