Entente cordiale: President Macron meets Prince Charles in London after flying in to award the city the Legion d’Honneur on 80th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s ‘Appel’ to Nazi-occupied France

  • Simmering Brexit tensions won’t stop Macron praising London as once being ‘the capital of Free France’  
  • French president is visiting to commemorate 80th anniversary of his predecessor Charles de Gaulle’s ‘Appel’ 
  • Famous BBC broadcast to occupied France during Second World War followed the Nazi invasion in 1940
  • General De Daulle led free forces from London, which Mr Macron will decorate with the Legion d’Honneur
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Operation Free Churchill begins: Workers arrive to remove metal box protecting statue of Sir Winston from Black Lives Matter protesters ahead of ceremony tomorrow when London will be awarded the Legion d’honneur by President Macron

  • Sir Winston Churchill’s statue in Parliament Square will soon be uncovered 
  • The moves comes ahead of the French president Macron’s visit to London 
  • On 18 June 1940, exiled Charles de Gaulle made a dramatic speech in London 
  • President Macron will visit London tomorrow on the occasion’s 80th anniversary 
  • Macron will also hold talks with Boris Johnson and meet with Prince Charles 

Prince Charles, 71, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, will leave lockdown next week to welcome President Emmanuel Macron to London – two days after Princess Anne’s return to in-person royal duties

  • Charles and Camilla among first members of the royal family to leave lockdown 
  • Will welcome French President Emmanuel Macron to the UK next Thursday
  • To travel from their home at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, to Clarence House 
  • Meeting celebrates the 80th anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle’s appeal to the French population to resist the German occupation of France during WWII 
  • Their visit will be just two days after Princess Anne, 69, will become the first royal to return to working in-person with an engagement scheduled for next week to visit the Duke of Gloucester Barracks