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VS'is a historic first. French troopers from the Republican Guard took half within the conventional altering of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London this Monday April 8. France is the primary nation not belonging to the Commonwealth, which primarily consists of former English-speaking British colonies and possessions, to participate on this ceremony, studies the Daily Mail.

The British royal guard was invited to the Élysée, the place Emmanuel Macron resides. In entrance of 55 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, the grenadiers of the British royal home, sporting their conventional furry caps, had been related to the ceremonial of their French counterparts, within the presence of the President of the Republic. The two anthems, God Save The King and the Marseillaise, had been then sung by the French military choir.

“This is the first time in the history of the Élysée that a foreign troop has been invited to participate in this military ritual,” underlines the French presidency, reported by Agence France-Presse (AFP).

120e anniversary of the Entente Cordiale

This cross succession between France and the United Kingdom celebrates 120 years of the Entente Cordiale, this settlement which made it potential to enhance relations after the Napoleonic wars between the 2 international locations. It is taken into account the inspiration of the alliance between the 2 NATO members to this present day.

“Long live the Entente Cordiale and Franco-British friendship,” greeted Emmanuel Macron in a video revealed on X.

French troopers had been seen rehearsing on Friday April 5 in Wellington barracks. These had been named in honor of the Duke of Wellington, the British army chief who defeated Napoleon on the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

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In London, the ceremony was attended by the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, Prince Edward and his spouse Sophie, accompanied by the British Chief of Staff, General Patrick Sanders, and his French counterpart, General Pierre Schill.