Surprising Greeting Between Royal Figures During State Visit to France
French First Lady’s Unconventional Gesture Leaves Spectators Speechless
During the highly-anticipated state visit to France by King Charles III and his wife, Queen Camilla, the unexpected occurred as French First Lady, Brigitte Macron, surprised everyone with a cheek kiss for Queen Camilla.
The peculiar moment unfolded among a series of snapshots capturing the royal couple’s arrival at Paris Orly Airport at 2pm, before proceeding to attend the grand state banquet held at the renowned Palace of Versailles.
Moments after landing, King Charles III and Queen Camilla were received by President Emmanuel Macron and his wife at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, marking their first official rendezvous upon arriving in the country.
As Charles III and President Macron exchanged warm handshakes, Lady Brigitte extended her hand for a greeting with Charles III. Soon after, President Macron respectfully bowed to greet Queen Camilla, and the queen reciprocated with a handshake.
But what followed was truly eye-catching.
Seemingly caught up in the moment, Brigitte approached Queen Camilla and bestowed upon her the traditional French ‘bisou’ kiss, drawing astonishment from audiences watching the live broadcast. Commentators repeatedly emphasized the remarkable nature of Brigitte’s act, labelling it as “unprecedented behavior.”
Yet, Queen Camilla remained composed, revealing little about her reaction to the unconventional gesture. To those who hold royal protocol in high regard, Lady Brigitte’s actions may be viewed as disrespectful, as there is an unwritten rule within the British royal family discouraging any personal contact unless initiated by a royal member.
However, some argue that this friendly encounter symbolizes the amicable relationship between Queen Camilla and Lady Brigitte, especially considering this is not their first meeting. In fact, when the two reunited later that evening at the Palace of Versailles, the esteemed venue for the state banquet, they exchanged cheek kisses once again.
Friendliness was palpable throughout the visit, extending to the rapport between King Charles III and President Macron. The French President frequently guided Charles III by subtly guiding his arm or placing a supportive hand on his back, while the king reciprocated these gestures with a smile.
On the 20th (local time), on the first day of the state visit to France by King Charles III and his wife, Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, gave Queen Camilla a surprise cheek kiss.
This was the most unconventional ‘cut’ among the many scenes released of the time Charles III and his wife arrived at Paris Orly Airport at 2pm to attend the state banquet held at the Palace of Versailles.
King Charles III and his wife met President Macron and his wife at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the first official stop after arriving at the airport that day.
President Macron and his wife, who were waiting in advance in front of the Arc de Triomphe, approached Charles III and his wife as they got out of the carriage.
First, Charles III and President Macron greeted each other with a handshake, and then Lady Brigitte also shook hands with Charles III.
Next, President Macron bowed slightly to greet Queen Camilla, and the queen responded with a handshake.
The next thing that made people’s eyes widen.
Brigitte approached Queen Camilla and ‘naturally’ the French pig gave her a ‘bisou’ kiss.
Newscasters broadcasting this live from the studio mentioned Brigitte’s behavior several times, saying, “It was incredible behavior.”
However, Queen Camilla did not reveal much.
In the eyes of those who value royal protocol, it was a moment when Lady Brigitte’s actions could be considered disrespectful.
There is an unwritten rule in the British royal family that there should be no personal contact unless a member of the royal family takes over.
However, some believe that this could be seen as a sign of friendship between Queen Camilla and Lady Brigitte as this is not the first time they have met.
Indeed, when the two met again that evening at the Palace of Versailles, the venue of the state banquet, they greeted each other with a kiss on the cheek.
Friendly scenes were often caught between King Charles III and President Macron. President Macron led Charles III mostly by holding his arm or putting his hand around his back, and Charles III also responded with a smile.
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