During his French State visit, King Charles paid a touching tribute to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, by reviving a meaningful tradition that had been on hold for seven years. The Royal Family offered a glimpse of this poignant moment, where King Charles was accompanied by President Emmanuel Macron, highlighting the continuity of a tradition initiated by the longest-reigning British monarch.
In a heartfelt Instagram post, the Royal Family shared, "The King continues a tradition set by Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, by planting a tree in the British Residence in Paris. Her Majesty planted three trees in the Garden - in 1957, 1972, and 2015." The accompanying carousel featured a vintage photograph of a young Queen Elizabeth gracefully planting a tree in the garden.
The post then transitioned to a touching video clip capturing King Charles and President Macron earnestly shoveling dirt as they carried out this symbolic planting activity.
King Charles' Sentimental Versailles Speech
King Charles, renowned for his advocacy of environmental causes, also used this visit to pay homage to his late parents.
The first day of his French visit concluded with a lavish banquet at the illustrious Palace of Versailles, where the monarch delivered an emotional speech. He reminisced about his parents, noting that their "first official visit together was to France in 1948, shortly after their wedding." He added, "They made quite a splash, dancing till the early hours at the glamorous Chez Carrere in the Rue Pierre Charron, serenaded by Edith Piaf." King Charles also shared a personal tidbit, saying, "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 favorite songs to this day!" The revival of this cherished tradition not only underscores King Charles's commitment to honoring his mother's legacy but also highlights the importance of nurturing the environment, a cause close to his heart.
As the world watches, this heartfelt gesture serves as a symbol of continuity, reverence, and a deep connection to both the past and the future.