Charles thanks Macron for President's warm tributes to his mother as the pair swap toasts at glittering state banquet… but Frenchman can't resist a Brexit dig: King and Queen Camilla are joined by 160 guests including Mick Jagger at Versailles

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King Charles cheered President Emmanuel Macron and spoke about the UK’s and France’s ‘firm friendship’ as he and Queen Camilla joined French and British dignitaries and celebrities for a black tie gala at the Palace of Versailles tonight.   

Their Majesties were guests of honour at a glittering state banquet in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles at the end of a whirlwind first day of their inaugural state visit to France.

High-profile figures invited to the dinner to mark their ‘contribution to UK-France relations’, including Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger and actor Hugh Grant, were among the 160 guests addressed by Charles and Mr Macron on Wednesday evening.

Speaking in French, the King told the president: ‘Your generosity of spirit brings to mind how my family and I were so greatly moved by the tributes paid in France to my mother, the late Queen, whose funeral took place one year ago yesterday.

‘Mr President, among the many profoundly moving gestures here, the flying of the Union flag at the Elysee was particularly poignant.

King Charles cheered President Emmanuel Macron and spoke about the UK's and France 's 'firm friendship' as he and Queen Camilla joined French and British dignitaries and celebrities for a black tie gala at the Palace of Versailles tonight

King Charles cheered President Emmanuel Macron and spoke about the UK’s and France ‘s ‘firm friendship’ as he and Queen Camilla joined French and British dignitaries and celebrities for a black tie gala at the Palace of Versailles tonight

Their Majesties were guests of honour at a glittering state banquet in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles at the end of a whirlwind first day of their inaugural state visit to France

Their Majesties were guests of honour at a glittering state banquet in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles at the end of a whirlwind first day of their inaugural state visit to France

Brigitte Macron toast with Queen Camilla  as President Emmanuel Macron looks on during a state banquet

 Brigitte Macron toast with Queen Camilla  as President Emmanuel Macron looks on during a state banquet

High-profile figures invited to the dinner to mark their 'contribution to UK-France relations', including Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger and actor Hugh Grant , were among the 160 guests addressed by Charles and Mr Macron (pictured) on Wednesday evening

High-profile figures invited to the dinner to mark their ‘contribution to UK-France relations’, including Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger and actor Hugh Grant , were among the 160 guests addressed by Charles and Mr Macron (pictured) on Wednesday evening  

The king and president toasted Champagne in the Hall of Mirrors in France

The king and president toasted Champagne in the Hall of Mirrors in France

Macron and Charles looked very friendly as they attended the state dinner in France

Macron and Charles looked very friendly as they attended the state dinner in France

Macron couldn't resist bringing up Brexit as he raised his glass in a speech for continued relations between the UK and France

Macron couldn’t resist bringing up Brexit as he raised his glass in a speech for continued relations between the UK and France

Charles thanked Mr and Mme Macron for honouring his late mother - whose funeral was one year ago today

Charles thanked Mr and Mme Macron for honouring his late mother – whose funeral was one year ago today

The two appeared very close throughout the night and chatted and thanked one another

The two appeared very close throughout the night and chatted and thanked one another

The pair clinked champagne glasses at the historic palace west of Paris

The pair clinked champagne glasses at the historic palace west of Paris

Guests enjoyed a grand dinner inside the palace to mark Charles and Camilla's first day in France

Guests enjoyed a grand dinner inside the palace to mark Charles and Camilla’s first day in France

Salut! Macron ensured his glass was empty as he cheered Charles and fellow dignatries

Salut! Macron ensured his glass was empty as he cheered Charles and fellow dignatries

The pair appeared to booster British-French relations at the State Banquet

The pair appeared to booster British-French relations at the State Banquet

The pair matched in very dapper suits as they cheersed one another

The pair matched in very dapper suits as they cheersed one another

Charles clapped following Mr Macron's speech where he praised a history between Britain and France

Charles clapped following Mr Macron’s speech where he praised a history between Britain and France

Cheeky Macron couldn't resist a wink after giving his speech

Cheeky Macron couldn’t resist a wink after giving his speech

Meanwhile, Brigitte and Camilla matched in navy dresses and sparkling accessorises
Mme Macron is pictured

Meanwhile, Brigitte and Camilla matched in navy dresses and sparkling accessorises 

‘Your words, at that time, meant a great dealt to us too. You said that she had touched your hearts – and it was she who held France in the greatest affection, as, of course, did my grandmother Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

‘My parents’ first official visit together was to France in 1948, shortly after their wedding.

‘By all accounts, they made quite a splash, dancing till the early hours at the glamourous Chez Carrere in the Rue Pierre Charron, serenaded by Edith Piaf.

‘I suspect it may have left an indelible impression on me, even six months before I was born – La Vie En Rose is one of my favourite songs to this day.’

The King also said relations between the UK and France have not always been ‘straightforward’, but went on to stress the unity between the nations.

Charles also mentioned the importance of Britain working with France to tackle climate change.

He went on: ‘Mr President, in all of this we can rely on our firm friendship, which is renewed and reinvigorated with each new generation.

‘I would like, if you would allow me, to raise a toast to President and Madame Macron and to the French people, as well as to our entente cordiale – a sustainable alliance.

‘Whatever lies ahead, may it endure, faithful and constant, for centuries to come.’  

President Emmanuel Macron added that France and Britain would rise up to the challenges of the modern world despite the tensions created by Brexit.

‘Despite Brexit… I know, your majesty, that we will continue to write part of the future of our continent together, to meet the challenges and to serve the causes we have in common,’ Macron said in a toast describing Charles’ visit as a ‘tribute to our past… and guarantee of the future’

The King also said relations between the UK and France have not always been 'straightforward', but went on to stress the unity between the nations

The King also said relations between the UK and France have not always been ‘straightforward’, but went on to stress the unity between the nations

Charles raised a toast to President and Madame Macron during the celebrate in Versailles

Charles raised a toast to President and Madame Macron during the celebrate in Versailles

Charles also mentioned the importance of Britain working with France to tackle climate change

Charles also mentioned the importance of Britain working with France to tackle climate change

Charles delivers a speech as French President Emmanuel Macron listens to during a state dinner in the Hall of Mirrors

Charles delivers a speech as French President Emmanuel Macron listens to during a state dinner in the Hall of Mirrors

President Emmanuel Macron added that France and Britain would rise up to the challenges of the modern world despite the tensions created by Brexit

President Emmanuel Macron added that France and Britain would rise up to the challenges of the modern world despite the tensions created by Brexit

Macron and King Charles toast during a state dinner in the Hall of Mirrors, in front of French, British and EU flags

Macron and King Charles toast during a state dinner in the Hall of Mirrors, in front of French, British and EU flags 

Macron listened in intensely to King Charles during the speech in France

Macron listened in intensely to King Charles during the speech in France

Charles and Brigitte clinked glasses after the speech to toast to the UK and France

Charles and Brigitte clinked glasses after the speech to toast to the UK and France

Brigitte looked stunning as she tied her blonde tresses up and donned glittering jewellery

Brigitte looked stunning as she tied her blonde tresses up and donned glittering jewellery 

Queen Camilla dazzled in diamonds and sapphires tonight as President Macron kissed her hand and King Charles declared their welcome to France 'magnifique

Queen Camilla dazzled in diamonds and sapphires tonight as President Macron kissed her hand and King Charles declared their welcome to France ‘magnifique

Chandeliers donned the room as celebrity guests tucked into a banquet

Chandeliers donned the room as celebrity guests tucked into a banquet

Guest listened in intently to the King's speech

Guest listened in intently to the King’s speech

King Charles’ speech in full 

Mr. President

Madame Macron

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen

I cannot tell you how delighted my wife and I are to be with you this evening at the end of the first day of our first State Visit in France. If

I may say so, it has been worth the wait! We are both enormously touched by the magnificent welcome that has been extended to us. France and the French people have shown us such remarkable warmth and kindness, and we are very grateful.

Your generosity of spirit brings to mind how my family and I were so greatly moved by the tributes paid in France to my Mother, The late Queen, whose funeral took place one year ago yesterday. Mr. President, among the many profoundly moving gestures here, the flying of the Union flag at the Elysée was particularly poignant. Your words, at that time, meant a great dealt to us too. You said that she had touched your hearts – and it was she who held France in the greatest affection, as, of course, did my grandmother Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

My parents’ first official visit together was to France in nineteen forty-eight, shortly after their wedding. By all accounts, they made quite a splash, dancing till the early hours at the glamourous Chez Carrere in the Rue Pierre Charron, serenaded by Edith Piaf. I suspect it may have left an indelible impression on me, even six months before I was born – La Vie en Rose is one of my favourite songs to this day!

And, of course, President Pompidou hosted my mother here at the Palace of Versailles on her second State Visit in nineteen seventy-two. I was reminded recently that when she returned the courtesy with dinner for the President and Madame Pompidou at the Hotel de Charost, they ran into a little more difficulty. Our Embassy tried to bring several cases of English wine over from Hampshire for the banquet, only to be prevented by a customs official at Orly. In those days, there was no such thing as ‘English wine’… As Roland Topor surmised, “les Français ont du vin, les Anglais de l’humour”.

Mr. President – your invitation to visit France and your exceptionally generous hospitality, are symbols of the enduring relationship between our two countries. The connections between our people are myriad, and represent the lifeblood of our Entente Cordiale, which was inspired by my great great Grandfather, King Edward the seventh. As we look ahead to the 120th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale in twenty twenty-four, it is incumbent upon us all to reinvigorate our friendship to ensure it is fit for the challenges of this, the twenty-first century. I was therefore heartened to see the visit of my Prime Minister to Paris earlier this year for the first Franco-British Summit in five years, where you both looked ahead to a renewal of the Entente, strengthening our cooperation to tackle today’s challenges, such as the defence of Ukraine, the misery of human trafficking, access to energy and a sustainable future.

In our long and complex history, our relations have of course not always been entirely straightforward. I think it was a French King who once said that he would rather be a wood-cutter than the King of England, dealing with our national complexities. As an avid forester, I am pleased to report that it is entirely possible to combine the two!

As it happens, woodworkers offer an unexpected example of our modern bonds. Marlin Hendry from the hills of Devon, and Mike Dennis, apprenticed in the valleys of South Wales, are – like many talented artisans – using traditional tools to fashion strong and beautiful new beams for the roof of Notre Dame from their workshop in Normandy.

Having been utterly appalled by the scenes of such devastation following the catastrophic fire four and a half years ago, my wife and I look forward to visiting that magnificent cathedral tomorrow, to see for ourselves how centuries-old crafts have been revived and passed onto apprentices who are helping to restore Notre Dame to its former glory. In this regard, we were both, my wife and myself, so deeply sorry to hear of the death of General Jean-Louis Georgelin, one of France’s great soldiers, who led the restoration work there in his inimitable and charismatic way. We pay tribute to all he achieved.

All this brings to mind the incredible skill of the British and European artisans who restored Windsor Castle after its own devastating fire thirty years ago.

It shows us, perhaps, that history is not something to be consigned to a shelf, gathering dust, seldom to be revisited; rather history is something alive and man-made; our identity and sense of meaning maintained by living traditions, to which we constantly add new chapters; a guide not just to the past, but to the present, drawing timeless threads between generations.

As neighbours, we have long been fascinated by one another, and our cultural heritage derives more from one another than we might realize. The first restaurants in Paris, for instance, were modelled on British taverns, and as it happens one of the most famous was called “La Grande Taverne de Londres…” which would be a greater source of pride if it were not that their success was based on French food, French wine and French chefs! We did however provide a grateful clientele both in France, and in London. And you have a very grateful British diner this evening!

Mr President, our nations’ long history has been written by countless extraordinary men and women, from Guillaume le Conquérant to ‘Big Moustache’ of La Grande Vadrouille; and from Eleanor of Aquitaine to the late, great, Jane Birkin, la plus française des britanniques, who both on screen and off, have helped to define our common destiny.

Today, our countries stand together against oppression and in support of the most vulnerable, including those who suffer the devastating impact of natural disaster or conflict – whether in Ukraine, in Libya and in Morocco.

Together, we strive to protect and restore our natural world and to combat the existential threat of global warming and climate change. On this, Mr. President, I wholeheartedly share the view you expressed at the One Planet Summit last year, when you spoke of how a more sustainable world can both preserve our heritage, and provide future opportunity – to encourage our businesses, our governments and our people to work together as rapidly as possible to ensure that our energy and our finance is directed where it can have the most impact. Tomorrow, we shall meet together with business leaders from France and Britain, whose innovations and investments are supporting that vision, investing in clean growth and to preserve our precious biodiversity.

Our two countries are also working together to build opportunity for the next generation. As I have sought to encourage through the Prince’s Trust I established some forty-seven years ago, marvellous things can result when young people are empowered to fulfil their potential. Tomorrow, my wife and I will see this in action at Saint Denis, where the Rugby World Cup is inspiring new generations to take up sport, thanks to partnerships with community groups such as “Sport Dans la Ville” and “Objectif Emploi”, amongst others. As for the World Cup itself, whatever the result of the tournament – on which I will simply say, diplomatically, “May the best team win!” – we can all surely agree that you deserve all our thanks for the magnificent tournament you are hosting with such panache, in cities the length and breadth of this beautiful country.

In all of these efforts, on and off the field, as so often in our history, we must persevere. As a master craftsman shapes each stone to play its part, so must each of our endeavours build upon the last, rising from foundations laid by those who came before. Working together, with ambition and determination, who knows how far we can reach.

By protecting our precious planet, and by fostering security, opportunity and hope, we will continue to grow together – strong, vital, prosperous.

Mr. President, in all of this we can rely on our firm friendship, which is renewed and reinvigorated with each new generation.

I would like if you would allow me, to raise a toast to President and Madame Macron and tothe French people, as well as to our Entente Cordiale – a sustainable alliance. Whatever lies ahead, may it endure, faithful and constant, for centuries to come.

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Inside the dazzling Hall of Mirrors, guests stood and bowed or curtsied as the King and President, followed by the Queen and Madame Macron walked a loop of the room before taking their seats at the centre, facing the Palace gardens.

The King sat with the President to his left and Madame Macron to his right. She in turn was seated alongside actor Hugh Grant, who greeted the monarch with a bow.

The Queen sat two seats away from Sir Mick Jagger and opposite foreign secretary James Cleverly.

The King read along as Mr Macron gave a touching and, at times, amusing speech in French in which he paid tribute to the late Queen and Prince Philip.

He also touched on the long history of hosting British royalty in the Hall of Mirrors.

Describing the French ‘fascination’ with their near neighbours, he cited the works of Shakespeare, the words of Churchill and the music of The Beatles as beloved by his countrymen.

There was laughter as he added, gesturing to Sir Mick Jagger: ‘I should also say the Rolling Stones.’

Guests dined off the Service des Oiseaux, decorative bird-motif plates made by the famous Porcelaine de Sevres, at a 60m long table decorated with locally sourced roses and hydrangeas in shades of pink, purple and white.

Dishes were served up from a temporary kitchen as historically, the vast Palace has never had a full working kitchen because only the King and Queen ate there.

Before the King and Queen’s arrival at the banquet, celebrity guests mingled with diplomats and politicians.

Gunners fan Sir Mick was seen discussing football with former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

 

Queen Camilla dazzled in diamonds and sapphires tonight as President Macron kissed her hand and King Charles declared their welcome to France ‘magnifique’.

Among them was French royalty, actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg, in a black dress split to the thigh which barely covered her modestie, as the locals say.

Celebrity guests included Sir Mick Jagger, who owns a chateau in France, French-British actress Emma Mackey, as well as footballing legends with ties to England and France including, Patrick Vieira,  Arsene Wenger and Didier Drogba. 

Camilla and Brigitte, 70, matched in navy ball gowns while Charles and Emmanuel opted for black bow ties and dinner jackets.

In a nod to her hosts, Camilla dressed in Dior and was draped with a stunning parure of jewellery inherited from her late mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth.

She and the King were greeted by Macron and his wife, Bridgette, on the red carpet.

And in a sweet moment – which summed up the Entente Cordiale of the day – Mme Macron could be seen carefully adjusting Camilla’s cape after it slid down her shoulder and she struggled to fix it.

Hugh Grant was among the guests at the banquet

Hugh Grant was among the guests at the banquet

Sir Mick Jagger opted for a bow tie as he met with guests in France

Sir Mick Jagger opted for a bow tie as he met with guests in France

Hugh Grant, who is British but said he's 'only happy in  France' was among the guests at the dinner

Hugh Grant, who is British but said he’s ‘only happy in  France’ was among the guests at the dinner

In total, 160 guests - mostly from the UK and France - joined the King and President for the dinner

In total, 160 guests – mostly from the UK and France – joined the King and President for the dinner

King Charles and Queen Camilla twinned with President and Brigitte Macron in France today as the two couples headed to a state banquet at the Palace of Versailles

King Charles and Queen Camilla twinned with President and Brigitte Macron in France today as the two couples headed to a state banquet at the Palace of Versailles

Camilla received a typically French greeting as President Macron kissed her on the hand at the banquet

Camilla received a typically French greeting as President Macron kissed her on the hand at the banquet

In a nod to her hosts, Queen Camilla opted for a Dior dress and her late mother-in-law's jewellery

In a nod to her hosts, Queen Camilla opted for a Dior dress and her late mother-in-law’s jewellery

Camilla, 74, and Brigitte, 70, matched in navy ball gowns while Charles and Emmanuel opted for black bow ties and dinner jackets

Camilla, 74, and Brigitte, 70, matched in navy ball gowns while Charles and Emmanuel opted for black bow ties and dinner jackets

The two heads of state looked very close as they headed into the banquet in Versailles

The two heads of state looked very close as they headed into the banquet in Versailles

The two couples seemed to get on exceptionally well as they walked the red carpet together

The two couples seemed to get on exceptionally well as they walked the red carpet together

The two couples looked sensational as they posed for cameras in front of the historic Palace

The two couples looked sensational as they posed for cameras in front of the historic Palace

Camilla wore then King George VI Sapphire Suite neckalce and earrings for the grand occasion

Camilla wore then King George VI Sapphire Suite neckalce and earrings for the grand occasion

The king and president were all smiles as they held hands and smiled with one another in France

The king and president were all smiles as they held hands and smiled with one another in France

Charles and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive to attend a state dinner

Charles and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive to attend a state dinner

The two couples dressed very similarly in an apparent show of solidarity

The two couples dressed very similarly in an apparent show of solidarity 

At one point, Brigitte Macron appeared to help Camilla with her cape

At one point, Brigitte Macron appeared to help Camilla with her cape 

Brigitte and Camilla appeared particularly close adjusting each others clothing
Brigitte helped Camilla

Brigitte and Camilla appeared particularly close adjusting each others clothing

Charles and Macron appear to be exceptionally close

Charles and Macron appear to be exceptionally close 

At one point, Brigitte put on a very animated display while chatting to Charles and Camilla

At one point, Brigitte put on a very animated display while chatting to Charles and Camilla

The king and president were very giggly with one another as they headed into Versailles

The king and president were very giggly with one another as they headed into Versailles

A true lady! The first lady helped Camilla with her cape as they headed into the gala

A true lady! The first lady helped Camilla with her cape as they headed into the gala

Meanwhile, Charles and Macron shook hands and laughed with one another
Charles and Macron are seen

Meanwhile, Charles and Macron shook hands and laughed with one another

Brigitte was on hand to help Camilla with her cape while heading into the gala

Brigitte was on hand to help Camilla with her cape while heading into the gala 

Camilla looked typically radiant with sparklingly jewellery

Camilla looked typically radiant with sparklingly jewellery 

Charles and Macron were close with another

Charles and Macron were close with another 

The two couples appeared exceptionally close as they laughed their way into the ball

The two couples appeared exceptionally close as they laughed their way into the ball

Brigitte and Emmanuel were on hand to greet Charles and Camilla as they stepped out the car

Brigitte and Emmanuel were on hand to greet Charles and Camilla as they stepped out the car

Brigitte quickly shook the monarch's hand

Brigitte quickly shook the monarch’s hand

Queen Camilla, King Charles III and President of France Emmanuel Macron walked in unison into the party

Queen Camilla, King Charles III and President of France Emmanuel Macron walked in unison into the party

Charles and Camilla were the last to arrive and came via car

Charles and Camilla were the last to arrive and came via car

Queen Camilla, King Charles III arriving at the State Banquet at the Palace of Versailles

Queen Camilla, King Charles III arriving at the State Banquet at the Palace of Versailles

President Emmanuel Macron, his wife Brigitte Macron, Britain's King Charles and Queen Camilla attend a concert in the Royal Chapel before a state dinner in the Palace of Versailles

President Emmanuel Macron, his wife Brigitte Macron, Britain’s King Charles and Queen Camilla attend a concert in the Royal Chapel before a state dinner in the Palace of Versailles

King Charles and Queen Camilla arrive to attend a state dinner in their honor at the Chateau de Versailles (Versailles Palace) in Versailles

King Charles and Queen Camilla arrive to attend a state dinner in their honor at the Chateau de Versailles (Versailles Palace) in Versailles

French Republican Guard stand to attention at the Palace of Versailles ahead of a state banquet

French Republican Guard stand to attention at the Palace of Versailles ahead of a state banquet

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British and French celebrities dressed to the nines for the glamourous dinner, with head of Rothschild & Co, David de Rothschild, and his daughter Louise, joining the likes of Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and billionaire Bernard Arnault.

Every aspect of Their Majesties French state visit has been designed to bolster the ‘special bond’ between Britain and France.

The menu at tonight’s black tie state banquet at the Palace of Versailles is a masterclass in diplomatic relations.

Off the list of delicacies is the merest hint of foie gras. The King has banned the duck liver speciality from being served at his own residences due to the cruelty involved in its production.

Even the humble asparagus, which the chefs had originally planned to serve in March, has been binned as it is no longer in season.

It is understood the French team were keen to showcase the wide range of home-grown produce in their country and respect the King’s passion for environmentally-friendly dishes.

But there will be plenty of mushrooms, a favourite of Charles and Camilla, as they ‘remind them of the late Queen, Elizabeth II’, according to a French government source.

The King was out foraging for wild mushrooms at Balmoral when he discovered that his late mother was dying.

The menu has been devised by three leading French Michelin-starred kitchen maestros – Yannick Alleno, Anne-Sophie Pic and Pierre Herme – who sent their menu in advance to London for approval.

Inside was incredibly glamourous with flowers on the table and orante statues throughout

Inside was incredibly glamourous with flowers on the table and orante statues throughout

Foreign secretary James Cleverly was among the guests at the ball

Foreign secretary James Cleverly was among the guests at the ball

James Cleverly opted for a tuxedo for the occasion

James Cleverly opted for a tuxedo for the occasion

Mick Jagger - who famously supports Arsenal - was spotted chatting to Arsene Wenger who coached the Gunners for more than two decades

Mick Jagger – who famously supports Arsenal – was spotted chatting to Arsene Wenger who coached the Gunners for more than two decades

Mick Jagger joined his girlfriend Melanie Hamrick on the red carpet to attend the State Banquet on the Palace of Versailles

Mick Jagger joined his girlfriend Melanie Hamrick on the red carpet to attend the State Banquet on the Palace of Versailles

The couple showed off their best moves on the red carpet

The couple showed off their best moves on the red carpet 

Melanie Hamrick and Mick Jagger attending the State Banquet at the Palace of Versailles

Melanie Hamrick and Mick Jagger attending the State Banquet at the Palace of Versailles

Jane Birkin's daughter, French actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg also attended the red carpet

Jane Birkin’s daughter, French actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg also attended the red carpet

The daughter of the late handbag muse Jane Birkin looked typically French in a chic black dress with semi opaque tights
Charlotte Gainsbourg is pictured

The daughter of the late handbag muse Jane Birkin looked typically French in a chic black dress with semi opaque tights 

Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, and his wife Helene Mercier arrive to attend a state dinner in honor of Britain's King Charles

Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, and his wife Helene Mercier arrive to attend a state dinner in honor of Britain’s King Charles

French-British actress Emma Mackey arrives to attend a state banquet at the Palace of Versailles
The Sex Education star looked radiant in black

French-British actress Emma Mackey arrives to attend a state banquet at the Palace of Versailles

They are well known for using foie gras in their cooking, with pastry chef Mr Herme using it in his chocolate macaroons.

A government source in Paris said: ‘The King has banned foie gras from his residences in Britain, so there was no possibility of him eating it in France.

‘He doesn’t want asparagus that is out of season either, because shipping it in is environmentally damaging, but there will be a mushroom gratin, which was a favourite of Queen Elizabeth.

‘We understand that Charles was out foraging for mushrooms just before his mother’s death in Scotland’.

There will be a touch of English cheese to delight the royal entourage and dedicated Anglophiles.

Instead, Le Menu at Versailles will be a starter of blue lobster and pot crab with a veil of fresh almonds and peppermint, created by Ms Pic; a main course of Bresse chicken with corn and a porcini mushroom gratin cooked by Mr Alleno; a 30-month old Comte, Stichelton English blue; an Isfahan Persian macaroon for desert, Mr Herme’s signature pudding inspired by the ancient city in Iran, and containing rose water, raspberries, and lychees.

Wines costing more than £400 a bottle will also be also served: Pol Roger Cuvée Winston Churchill 2013 Champagne at more than £500-a-magnum, Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2018 costing £430 and a £400 Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2004.

Ken Follett arrives at the Palace of Versailles ahead of the State Dinner held in honor of King Charles III and Queen Camilla

Ken Follett arrives at the Palace of Versailles ahead of the State Dinner held in honor of King Charles III and Queen Camilla

Footballing legend Didier Drogba, who played for Marseille before heading to the Premiere League,

Footballing legend Didier Drogba, who played for Marseille before heading to the Premiere League, 

Hugh Grant and Anna Elisabet Eberstein arrive at the Palace of Versailles ahead of the State Dinner held in honor of King Charles III and Queen Camilla

Hugh Grant and Anna Elisabet Eberstein arrive at the Palace of Versailles ahead of the State Dinner held in honor of King Charles III and Queen Camilla

FIFA Chief of Global Football Development Arsene Wegner - who is French but lives in the UK for decades while managing Arsenal - was also in attendance

FIFA Chief of Global Football Development Arsene Wegner – who is French but lives in the UK for decades while managing Arsenal – was also in attendance 

Foreign secretary James Cleverly and his wife Susannah Janet Temple Cleverly also attended the gala

Foreign secretary James Cleverly and his wife Susannah Janet Temple Cleverly also attended the gala

 

Louise de Rothschild and David de Rothschild arrive at the Palace of Versailles

Louise de Rothschild and David de Rothschild arrive at the Palace of Versailles

General managing director of French container transportation and shipping company CMA CGM Rodolphe Saade (L) and French President of the Franco-British Colloque, Pierre-Andre Chalendar, arrive to attend a state banquet at the Palace of Versailles

General managing director of French container transportation and shipping company CMA CGM Rodolphe Saade (L) and French President of the Franco-British Colloque, Pierre-Andre Chalendar, arrive to attend a state banquet at the Palace of Versailles 

Guillaume Gallienne and Amandine Gallienne arrive to attend a state dinner in honour of King Charles and Queen Camilla

Guillaume Gallienne and Amandine Gallienne arrive to attend a state dinner in honour of King Charles and Queen Camilla

Alain Minc arrives at the Palace of Versailles ahead of the State Dinner held in honour of King Charles III and Queen Camilla in the Hall of Mirrors

Alain Minc arrives at the Palace of Versailles ahead of the State Dinner held in honour of King Charles III and Queen Camilla in the Hall of Mirrors

Carole Bouquet arrives at the Palace of Versailles ahead of the State Dinner held in honour of King Charles III and Queen Camilla in the Hall of Mirrors

Carole Bouquet arrives at the Palace of Versailles ahead of the State Dinner held in honour of King Charles III and Queen Camilla in the Hall of Mirrors

Former French culture minister Jack Lang (R) and his wife Monique Buczynski (L) pose at the Palace of Versailles before a state banquet hosted by the French president and his wife

Former French culture minister Jack Lang (R) and his wife Monique Buczynski (L) pose at the Palace of Versailles before a state banquet hosted by the French president and his wife

Chloé Bouygues and Yannick Bolloré arrive at the Palace of Versailles ahead of the State Dinner

Chloé Bouygues and Yannick Bolloré arrive at the Palace of Versailles ahead of the State Dinner

Yael Braun-Pivet, President of the National Assembly, and Vianney Pivet arrive to attend a state dinner in honor of Britain's King Charles and Queen Camilla at the Chateau de Versailles

Yael Braun-Pivet, President of the National Assembly, and Vianney Pivet arrive to attend a state dinner in honor of Britain’s King Charles and Queen Camilla at the Chateau de Versailles

Organisers invited a range of celebrities to eat and drink with King Charles and Queen Camilla in the lavish Hall of Mirrors – a space designed to reflect the omnipotence of the ‘Sun King’, Louis XIV.

Jagger, 80, travelled from his own stately home – the Chateau de Fourchette (Fork House) in Indre-et-Loire – for the evening.

Billionaire Bernard Arnault, 74, is the head of the LVMH luxury goods conglomerate, and owns multiple homes around the world, including mansions in Paris and Bordeaux.

Rich lists regularly put him at number one, and in 2012 he was made Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire ‘for services to business’ by the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Franco-British actors on the 150-strong guest list include Charlotte Gainsbourg, 52, and Emma Mackey, 27, from the Netflix series Sex Education, and actor Hugh Grant, 63.

Sports personalities who are invited include former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, 73, and former Arsenal and France midfielder Patrick Vieira, 47, along with former Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker, Didier Drogba, 45, who previously played for Marseille.

Earlier today, Charles touched down in Paris and was greeted with shouts of ‘King’ from balconies as he and Camilla received a rapturous welcome upon their arrival.

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.

Inside the residence, the King and President met staff and their families and planted a tree in the garden, following a long tradition begun by the late Queen Elizabeth .

In a sign of the warmth of their relationship, Mr Macron had gifted the oak sapling to the King from his Versailles estate and wanted to join him for the ceremonial moment.

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

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 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

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

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

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

The garden already features five trees planted by British Royals, including three by the late Queen. They include a Persian Highwood from her first state visit to France in 1957, a Gingko Biloba from a 1972 visit and a Cork Oak from her final visit to France.

To shouts from onlookers of ‘vive le roi’ the King had a brief walkabout through one of the more exclusive streets of central Paris.

The two men were walking the short distance from the Elysée Palace to the British ambassador’s residence in the Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré just a couple of hundred metres away.

As they started off amid tight security the walk was a sterile business by the standards of British royalty. The street had been closed off to the public, and the only onlookers were office workers peering down from the balconies above. Sporadic applause greeted their progress, polite rather than enthusiastic.

But then, as they neared the residence, real crowds appeared, with real enthusiasm.

The King pointed to them, and the two heads of state looked at each other and said: ‘Shall we say hello?’ – which they duly did.

One woman in the crowd, who shook hands with the King and gave her name as Sophie, from Lyon, said: ‘I came here to see the King and because I think it’s an important and memorable moment for our two countries, especially since Brexit .

‘For my part, it [coming here] was in some sense also a tribute to Queen Elizabeth.’

She added: ‘People here still have an affection for the British crown.’

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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 

Queen Camilla had to hold onto her hat this afternoon as she disembarked the plane
Queen Camilla had to hold onto her hat this afternoon as she disembarked the plane

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

The couples will then meet a number of community sports groups and sports stars as France hosts the Rugby World Cup and prepares to host the Olympics next year.

After travelling to Bordeaux, the King and Queen will meet emergency workers and communities affected by the Bordeaux wildfires in 2022, highlighting how to tackle climate change.

While in the region the King will also meet British and French military personnel as well as attend a GREAT campaign where British and French businesses will be showcased.

Finishing off their jam-packed visit, they will take a trip to an organic vineyard before flying back to Scotland where they have spent the summer.




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