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Prince Charles and Camilla make surprising trip while UK remains in lockdown

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The royal couple will be heading back to London at the end of next week to carry out their first public engagement since lockdown began in the UK. The event will see the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall officially welcome the French President, Emmanuel Macron, next Thursday.

President Macron will meet the royals at their London home to mark the 80th anniversary of the Appeal to the French People which was a speech given by General Charles de Gaulle on 18 June 1940.

Charles de Gaulle was the leader of the Free French Forces during the Second World War, which was set up in London in June 1940, to support the resistance in occupied France.

The speech he gave on 18 June is important in French history and was given in London.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have been residing at Birkhall on the Balmoral Estate since March due to the pandemic.

After the royal couple arrived at Birkhall, it was revealed that Prince Charles had tested positive for Covid-19.

The Prince reportedly only experienced mild symptoms but stayed in quarantine for seven days.

The Duchess of Cornwall, however, had to self isolate for fourteen days at the residence in Scotland.

Prince Charles, 71, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, are both in the age group considered most a risk of suffering complications from coronavirus.

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France has been lifting its lockdown restrictions as it entered phase two of easing on June 2.

Most of France is now in a “green zone” where bars and restaurants can reopen.

While Paris remains in an “orange zone” meaning only outdoor spaces of restaurants and cafes can be used.

The original speech given by Charles de Gaulle in 1940 used a BBC broadcast to appeal to the French public.

In the speech he said: “I call upon all Frenchmen who want to remain free to listen to my voice and follow me.”

A spokesperson from Clarence House said that the UK government guidelines on social distancing will be followed.

Since Prince Charles and the Duchess’ arrival at Birkhall, they have conducted several virtual engagements via video calls.

Last month, the royal couple also led national commemorations at the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8 May and laid wreaths at a memorial on the Balmoral estate.

France recorded a death toll due to coronavirus of at least 29,374 on Friday.

While on the same day the UK’s figures have risen to 41,481.



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