The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are set to become the first Royal Family members to leave lockdown and attend a major event when they welcome the French president to the UK.
Prince Charles and Camilla are due to travel from Birkhall in Scotland to London, where they will officially greet Emmanuel Macron at Clarence House - their London residence - on Thursday.
Clarence House said the meeting is being held to mark the 80th anniversary of a rallying call from General Charles de Gaulle during the Second World War.
It was in June 1940 that he urged the people of occupied France to rise up and resist the German forces.
Broadcast on the BBC, he said: “I call upon all Frenchmen who want to remain free to listen to my voice and follow me.”
Clarence House said in a statement: “The President of the French Republic will visit London on Thursday 18th June 2020 to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of General de Gaulle’s ‘Appel’ to the French population to resist the German occupation of France during WWII.
“On behalf of Her Majesty’s Government, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will formally receive President Emmanuel Macron at Clarence House with a Guard of Honour found by Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards accompanied by the Band of the Coldstream Guards.”
A Clarence House spokeswoman said Government social distancing guidelines would be followed and part of the welcome would be held in the open air.
Cover image: Library picture of Prince Charles (Picture: PA).