Mr Macron’s arrival in London was announced earlier this morning by the French Embassy in the UK, which shared a picture of his aircraft landed at a British airport. Sharing a picture of the president’s aeroplane on the ground, the Embassy wrote on Twitter: “President @EmmanuelMacron arrives in London to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Charles De Gaulle’s Appeal. #18JuinUK”
Prince Charles and Camilla are preparing to open the doors of Clarence House to host Mr Macron for a face-to-face socially distanced meeting.
This meeting is marking the first official audience carried out face-to-face by members of the Royal Family since mid-March, a few days before the Government issued new guidelines on coronavirus.
While some royal fans are happy to see the heir apparent to the throne and the Duchess of Cornwall back to work, other social media users have taken to Twitter to complain about the meeting taking place, arguing it undermines the lockdown.
Twitter user with the nickname Unite The World said this visit could have taken place via video link.
They said: “Have they heard of Skype or Zoom by any chance like the rest of us peasants have been using??
“Do as I say, not as I do”.
Another, with the nickname Old’n’Fat, complained this visit is against lockdown measures still in place in the UK.
They said: “What is the point of lockdown exactly. Use Zoom like every bu**er else has to.”
And social media user Lucy branded this face-to-face meeting, paired with the fact that Mr Macron is exempted from the 14-day quarantine issued 10 days ago by the Home Office, a “slap in the face”.
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She wrote: “Unbelievable- another slap in the face from the Establishment…”
Others lamented Prince Charles and Camilla have breached current lockdown measures by leaving their home in Birkhall to travel back to London.
Social media user Mazza7 wrote: “Is London more than 5 miles from Deeside??? If he goes, he doesn’t get back!!”
Another, Dorriefraser, added: “No, Charles should be made to stay where he is like us.”
Mr Macron’s trip to the UK in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic marks the anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle’s ‘Appel’ to the French people.
On this day 80 years ago, General de Gaulle famously urged French people not to cave in to the German occupation, in a rallying cry which pushed emboldened the French resistance against Nazi Germany.
This historic event has been celebrated not just by a face-to-face meeting between Charles, Camilla and Mr Macron but also by a wonderful flypast featuring both the RAF Red Arrows and their French counterparts, La Patrouille de France.
Today, Mr Macron is also meeting at Downing Street Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
During their meeting, the statesmen are not just to pay tribute to the French resistance but are also to discuss the easing of the 14-day coronavirus quarantine measures in place for people returning to the UK.
Mr Macron’s exemption from the quarantine was confirmed last week by Number 10.
A spokesperson for Downing Street said: “As we set out in the guidelines when they were published, the French delegation will fall within the exempted category of representative of a foreign country or territory travelling to undertake business in the UK.”
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess moved to their Scottish home in Birkhall on March 13, a few days before the heir apparent to the throne tested positive for coronavirus.
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