Sunday, May 26News For London

Making history: 120th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale

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Today, The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh have celebrated Anglo-French relations at a ceremony marking the 120th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale.

The event was the first time a non-Commonwealth country has taken part in the Changing of the Guard ceremony – although the French troops did not guard the royal residence. 

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh were the royals representing the King who is continuing his cancer treatment and was not at Buckingham Palace. 

They were joined by General Sir Patrick Sanders, UK Chief of General Staff, the French Chief of the Army Staff General Pierre Schill and the France’s ambassador to the UK Helene Duchene.

The royal couple walked past 32 members of the 1st and 2nd Infantry regiments of the Garde Republicaine and then 40 guardsmen from F Company Scots Guards, lined up opposite their French counterparts.