Watch: Royal family join parade outside Buckingham Palace celebrating French Entente anniversary

Lucy Leeson
Monday 08 April 2024 15:23 BST

Watch again as members of the royal family joined a parade outside Buckingham Palace celebrating the French Entente anniversary on Monday (8 April).

France became the first non-Commonwealth country to take part in the traditional ceremony on Monday as 32 members of the Gendarmerie’s Garde Republicaine and 40 Guardsmen from F Company Scots Guards paraded together on the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

The ceremony was organised to mark the 120th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale – the historic diplomatic agreement between Britain and France which laid the groundwork for their collaboration in both world wars.

The ceremony, which took place at 11am, saw the group of soldiers traditionally relieved by a new detachment of troops in front of an audience of 40 VIPs.

They were inspected by the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, the UK Chief of General Staff (CGS), General Sir Patrick Sanders, the French Chief of the Army Staff, General Pierre Schill, and the French ambassador to the UK Helene Duchene.

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