In a grand display of diplomatic cordiality and regal splendor, King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla are all set to embark on their first state visit to France since King Charles's ascension to the throne. The royal family has chosen the magnificent and historically iconic Palace of Versailles as the backdrop for this momentous occasion, marking the palace's 400th anniversary.
The eagerly awaited state visit, commencing tomorrow, has generated much anticipation both in Britain and France. The royal family officially broke the news via their social media channels, inviting the world to follow along using the hashtag #RoyalVisitFrance as the visit unfolds.
This three-day diplomatic mission, beginning on Wednesday, encompasses visits to Paris and Bordeaux, and will culminate in a grand banquet at the Palace of Versailles. Over 150 distinguished guests will join King Charles and Queen Camilla in the opulent Hall of Mirrors for an evening of gastronomic excellence and cultural exchange.
A highlight of the banquet will be the extraordinary lobster dish, personally crafted by France's only female chef to boast an impressive three Michelin stars for her restaurant. This culinary masterpiece promises to be a fitting tribute to French gastronomy and will undoubtedly delight the royal couple's discerning palates.
Historical Significance at Versailles
Following this regal feast, King Charles and Queen Camilla will be the guests of honor at a sumptuous black-tie soirée hosted in their honor within the resplendent Hall of Mirrors.
French President Emmanuel Macron's office has drawn parallels between this momentous dinner and the 1972 state visit of Queen Elizabeth II, who was graciously welcomed at the Palace by then-President Georges Pompidou. Beyond the exquisite dining experiences and lavish soirées, King Charles's visit holds historical significance for the Palace of Versailles.
The Palace, with its storied history, from the reign of King Louis XIII to the tumultuous French Revolution, and into modern times, is currently showcasing its illustrious past through the newly opened Gallery of the History of the Palace.
King Charles's visit will add another page to this rich narrative, cementing the enduring ties between the British and French monarchies. As the world eagerly awaits the unfolding of this historic state visit, it promises to be an event that encapsulates the grandeur, tradition, and cultural exchange that define diplomatic relations between nations.
Stay tuned for updates on this remarkable journey, as King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla embark on this diplomatic mission to strengthen the ties between the United Kingdom and France.