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King Charles heading to France and Germany later this month



LONDON — King Charles III will make his first state visits to France and Germany later this month, Buckingham Palace announced Friday.

The British monarch, who ascended to the throne following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last year, will travel to Paris and then go on to Berlin over a six-day trip kicking off March 26.

He will be accompanied by Camilla, queen consort, and Buckingham Palace said the visit “will celebrate the U.K.’s relationship with France and Germany, marking our shared histories, culture and values.”

The visits will take place, it said, at the request of the British government and after invitations from the French and German presidents.

Items on the agenda for the royal pair include a ceremony of remembrance and wreath laying at the Arc de Triomphe with French President Emmanuel Macron, and an address to lawmakers at Germany’s Bundestag.

“His Majesty will meet refugees recently arrived from Ukraine and hear about the support Germany provides for them,” Buckingham Palace said of the Germany leg of his visit.

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