Prince Charles & Camilla Hosted Emmanuel Macron In London Today: Pictures Here!
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla hosted French President Emmanuel Macron at Clarence House on Thursday, June 18. See the pictures of the event and ceremony for the 80th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's "Appel."
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On Thursday morning, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla hosted Emmanuel Macron at Clarence House in London. It was their first major government engagement following a return to London after months in lockdown at Birkhall.
The French president was visiting on the 80th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's "Appel du 18 Juin" — his June 18, 1940, speech made from London to the French people on resistance against the country's Nazi occupiers during the Second World War.
Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla host Emmanuel Macron in London
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall greeted the politician at Clarence House on what was a rainy Thursday morning in London.
The U.K. and French national anthems were played following the president's arrival. After that, he was invited to inspect a Guard of Honour alongside Prince Charles.
A wreath-laying ceremony was conducted at Clarence House and Carlton Gardens to honour the U.K. and French leaders during the WWII years.
Wreaths were laid at a statue of Charles de Gaulle and at the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Memorial. A minute of silence was observed following the laying of wreaths.
Afterward, President Macron spoke about the important day in French history. London was also presented with a Légion d’Honneur for its service to de Gaulle while he was exiled in London during WWII.
Clarence House shared an account of the event on its official Instagram page as well. Per the post, Prince Charles spoke on receiving the Légion d'Honneur:
"It gives me the utmost pleasure and pride to accept the Légion d’honneur on behalf of this city and this country, and on behalf of all those who struggled for liberty in common cause with France," Charles said.
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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today joined The President of the French Republic @emmanuelmacron to celebrate the 80th anniversary of General de Gaulle's 'Appel' to the French population to resist the German occupation of France during WWII in 1940. . ️On 18 June 1940, General Charles de Gaulle gave his speech from the BBC Broadcasting House in London to France as the French government prepared to sign an armistice with the Nazi invaders. The message offered hope in a time of despair and is today considered the founding text of the French Resistance. Today, Their Royal Highnesses received The President at Clarence House, before a wreath laying at the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Memorial. In Carlton Gardens, General de Gaulle's 'Appel' was read by Major Johanna Maljette and His Royal Highness and The President lay wreaths at the Statue of General de Gaulle. London has been presented with the Légion d'Honneur – France's highest distinction – for services in World War 2. ️ The city provided a base for Charles de Gaulle, when he was exiled there during the war. Accepting the award, His Royal Highness said: . "C'est avec une immense fierté et un grand plaisir que j'accepte de recevoir la Légion d'Honneur au nom de la Ville de Londres, au nom du Royaume-Uni et au nom de tous ceux qui se sont battus pour la liberté aux cotés de la France." . "It gives me the utmost pleasure and pride to accept the Légion d'honneur on behalf of this city and this country, and on behalf of all those who struggled for liberty in common cause with France." . PA