- King Charles’s Historic French Speech
- Strengthening UK-France Relations
- 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.
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.
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.
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.