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King Charles Extends Olive Branch to France in Historic Speech

  1. King Charles’s Historic French Speech
  2. Strengthening UK-France Relations
  3. Acknowledging Kindness and Cooperation

In an unprecedented address to the French Senate, King Charles expressed the United Kingdom’s enduring friendship with France and gratitude for the nation’s support following Queen’s passing a year ago. This marked the first-ever speech by a British monarch to the French Senate.

The King emphasized the profound partnership between the two countries, forged through shared experiences and vital in addressing global challenges. He received a standing ovation from the assembly.

Speaking less than two weeks after his mother’s first death anniversary, King Charles thanked the people of France for their kindness during the family’s period of mourning.

Inspired by his grandmother and late mother’s deep connection with France, he stressed the warmth of welcome he has always received during his 35 official visits to the country. The King pledged to strengthen UK-France relations, particularly in addressing climate change and supporting Ukraine.

King charles extends olive branch to france in historic speech
King charles extends olive branch to france in historic speech

He called for the renewal of the “entente cordiale,” originally signed in 1904, as an agreement for sustainability to combat climate and biodiversity crises effectively.

Regarding foreign policy, he affirmed unwavering support for Ukraine and invoked General Charles de Gaulle’s words from 1940 about France’s solidarity with Britain.

Amid his speech, Queen and Brigitte Macron introduced a new Franco-British literary prize, and the royal couple engaged in activities related to the Rugby World Cup, hosted by France.

King Charles also visited a coffee shop supporting vulnerable youth and the Paris flower market named after Queen Elizabeth II. His trip, marked by extensive media coverage, signifies a strengthened “entente cordiale” between the two nations, despite prior postponements due to civil unrest.

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