King Charles III has been forced to delay his first overseas state visit as the monarch due to violent protests in France.
The King and Queen Camilla were supposed to commence their visit on Sunday in Paris before heading to Bordeaux. However, due to the unrest, officials have had to reschedule the trip.
The postponement was confirmed on Friday by both the French Presidency and the UK Government. The French and British governments will determine new dates for the visit shortly, while the King’s trip to Germany next week is still expected to proceed.
An unauthorised demonstration in Bordeaux resulted in the entrance to the town hall being set on fire, which was one of the places the royal couple were scheduled to visit.
In a statement, the Elysee Palace revealed that the postponement was necessary to be able to welcome the monarch under conditions that match the nations’ friendly relationship. The state visit will be rescheduled as soon as possible.