King Charles and Camilla meet the Macrons at the Élysée Palace to say goodbye – after the Queen took on the First Lady at table tennis and met domestic abuse survivors
- King Charles and Queen Camilla are currently on a three-day state visit in France
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King Charles and Queen Camilla have been snapped at the Élysée Palace where they said goodbye to Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron ahead of their departure to Bordeaux.
The royal couple are currently on a three-day state trip to France, during which they have undertaken a packed itinerary – which has so far included Camilla taking on Brigitte Macron at table tennis and meeting domestic abuse victims.
Charles, 74, was supposed to make the visit six months ago, but rioting and strikes forced the last-minute postponement of his first state visit as monarch.
As Charles and Camilla, 76, posed for photos at the Palace while saying goodbye to the French president and first lady, the quartet smiled.
Queen Camilla looked chic during the engagement, wearing a midi length frock in a green and black animal-style print.
The royal couple pose on the steps of the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris during their three-day state visit to France (pictured L-R: Queen Camilla, King Charles, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron)
Queen Camilla (pictured, centre) smiled as the French president (pictured, left) greeted her with a kiss on the hand
Meanwhile, the two men – Emmanuel Macron (pictured, left) and King Charles (pictured, right) shook hands
The king (pictured here with Emmanuel Macron) was supposed to visit France six months ago, but the visit was postponed due to rioting
King Charles is snapped exiting the car as he arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris to meet with the Macrons
She paired the dress with simple accessories, black heeled pumps, and a stylish black handbag.
The queen’s pale blonde hair was styled into its trademark soft waves, and she opted for a simple, fresh make-up look, pairing a fresh base and light eye look with a nude lip.
Meanwhile, her husband, the king, was equally dapper, opting for a two-piece suit, with a single breasted blazer, in blue pin stripe.
The meeting capped a couple of very busy days for the royals so far.
Among their engagements on the trip, last night, Charles and Camilla attended a banquet dinner in Paris.
Then today, Queen Camilla showed off her competitive side, after challenging the French president’s wife to a game of table tennis.
Her Majesty picked up the paddle while visiting a community centre in Paris as King Charles met sports stars including former Chelsea footballer Didier Drogba and French rugby player Demba Bamba.
This is the second day of the couple’s state visit to France, which is hosting the Rugby World Cup.
The king (pictured, left) beamed during his meeting with the French president (pictured, right) earlier today
The quarter smiled as they posed for snaps on the steps of the palace (pictured L-R: Queen Camilla, King Charles, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron)
The queen looked stylish for the engagement, donning a midi length dress with animal-style print and pairing it with black accessories
The King laughed as his wife practised hitting the table tennis ball, before the Queen bravely challenged Brigitte Macron to a game.
President Emmanuel Macron’s wife, 70, appeared to get the better of Camilla, 76, as they played for a few minutes in a well-spirited match.
The Queen hit the ball into the net several times and joked with Mme Macron about the game.
King Charles chatted with Bamba and Welsh rugby player Dan Biggar, who said the royal visit has given France a lift.
Bamba said: ‘Everyone in France is enjoying the World Cup at the minute so it’s great to have this visit now.’
France’s First Lady (pictured, left) is photographed appearing as though she is in deep conversation with the queen (pictured, right)
President Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron are seen as they welcome the royals to the palace
Camilla and Mme Macron then joined a group of children in an inflatable boxing ring, where the Queen hugged a few of them, before they all posed for a picture.
The Queen encouraged the children to ‘say cheese’, before adding cheekily ‘fromage’.
Charles later visited a Parisian coffee shop to speak to representatives from the organisation Objectif Emploi, which helps vulnerable young people find work.
He greeted Parisian well-wishers who had waited in the rain for him.
However, two people were escorted away by police officers after shouting as the King walked around the town square.
Charles then met Qatari businessman Nasser Al-Khelaifi, president of football club Paris Saint-Germain, who presented the King a shirt reading ‘Charles’ and the number three on the back.
PSG and France defender Presnel Kimpembe also briefly spoke to the King.
The Queen, meanwhile, heard the stories of domestic abuse victims who had been helped by La Maison Des Femmes, a social and medical unit attached to Saint-Denis hospital designed as a one-stop shop for vulnerable women.
The French President (pictured) is snapped greeting Queen Camilla (pictured, left) and King Charles (pictured, right)
She and Mme Macron joined around ten women in Saint Denis town hall, sitting with them in a circle.
As they took their seats, Camilla looked around for Mme Macron before saying: ‘Oh, there she is. You are right behind me as usual.’
The unit’s founder, Dr Ghada Hatem, introduced some of the women, who each told the Queen their story.
They spoke in French but a translator perched behind Camilla, quietly repeating their words in English.
The Queen was clearly impressed with the work that was being done, telling Dr Hatem: ‘I think what you are doing here is perfect. We need to clone you.’
She noted that there were ‘never enough places’ for women who needed help but that it was ‘so important’ that women keep going there to have ‘these wonderful conversations’.
The quartet have spent time together during the first tow days of the royal couple’s three-day state visit
The Queen told the women: ‘You have all come through hell but now you have sorted out your lives and you can move forwards.’
The first woman who spoke told the Queen she had once wanted to be a nurse.
Camilla asked: ‘With all the experience she has had, would she go back into the system to help others?’
The response was positive and the Queen replied: ‘Tres bien.’
Following the second woman’s testimony, the Queen said: ‘I’m very pleased she has had support from all the team here.’
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