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King Charles and Queen Camilla unveil next royal tour

King Charles and Queen Camilla will go on a three-day state visit to France on September 20, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The trip was originally scheduled for March but was postponed due to the national mass strikes and social unrest gripping the country at the time.

The visit will mark the shared history, culture and values of the UK and France.

The initial visit was postponed just two days before the King and Queen were due to depart the UK, with them then scheduled to travel on to Germany.

They had been due to go to France on Sunday March 26 before heading to Germany on Wednesday March 29, finishing the tour on Friday March 31.

However following the postponement of the French leg Charles and Camilla flew to Germany to visit Berlin and Hamburg as planned for their first official foreign trip as monarchs.

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In March the royal couple had been due to tour Paris and Bordeaux, and it is thought their schedule for the trip next month will remain broadly similar.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The King and Queen will undertake a State Visit to France, visiting Paris and Bordeaux, from Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd September 2023.

“The visit will celebrate the shared history, culture and values of the United Kingdom and France.”

The royals have been advised to go to France by the Foreign Office, as they continue to strengthen ties with Britain’s European neighbours due to the threat to regional and global security from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The trip was originally halted due to protests over President Macron’s decision to raise the retirement age in France from 62 to 64 without a parliamentary vote.

Unions had planned a fresh wave of action on Tuesday March 28, the day Charles and Camilla were due to visit Bordeaux.

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