Red Arrows

Red Arrows Flypast To Welcome President Macron To London

Emmanuel Macron is visiting the capital to take part in commemorations marking 80 years since General Charles de Gaulle's wartime speech.

The Red Arrows are to welcome French President Emmanuel Macron to London on Thursday.

The Royal Air Force's aerobatic display team will perform a flypast alongside their French counterparts, La Patrouille de France.

Mr Macron is visiting the capital to mark 80 years since General Charles de Gaulle's historic broadcast from London to occupied France during the Second World War.

His famous speech led to the foundation of the French Resistance.

“I call upon all Frenchmen who want to remain free to listen to my voice and follow me," he said during the broadcast on the BBC. 

Mr Macron will also receive a royal welcome at Clarence House from the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall

Prince Charles and Camilla are due to travel from their home in Birkhall, Scotland, to London for the event.

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Prince Charles and Camilla will meet Mr Macron at their London home on Thursday (Picture: PA).

Whilst at Clarence House, the French president will also receive a ceremonial Guard of Honour from The Coldstream Guards and music will be played by The Band of the Coldstream Guards.

Later in the day, a piper and bugler from the British Army will play during a symbolic ceremony at the statue of Charles de Gaulle in Carlton Gardens, Westminster.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “The UK Armed Forces are honoured to welcome President Macron to London on this momentous anniversary for our closest European ally.

“The president’s visit is an important opportunity to remember our shared sacrifices and achievements in defeating fascism.

“We can look back on more than a century of co-operation between our Armed Forces and feel proud of what our countries have achieved, side by side at so many great turning points in history."

The statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square is to be uncovered ahead of the visit of Mr Macron.

The monument to the UK's wartime leader was boarded up last week, along with other statues, after it was graffitied during protests.

Cover image: The Red Arrows and La Patrouille de France fly together at the Royal International Air Tattoo last year (Picture: MOD).