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Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte looked miserable as they queued up with mourners to take their seats at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II today.
The French President provided one of the most moving tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II on the news of her death.
Addressing the British people, the French President said: “To you, she was your Queen. To us, she was the Queen.’
The last time President Macron met the Queen was at the G7 meeting of the world’s biggest economies in Cornwall in June 2021.
There she was seen chatting to him in fluent French and laughing with the French President.
President Macron has also started to build a positive relationship with King Charles III and Queen Camilla, who both formally welcomed him on a state visit to Britain in 2020 to mark the 80th anniversary of General de Gaul’s June 1940 broadcast on the BBC to the French people after Dunkirk.
Macron said that the Queen “held a special status in France and a special place in the hearts of the French people”.
The President, who also led world tributes to the Queen on her 70th Platinum Jubilee celebrations, added: “She who stood with the giants of the twentieth century on the path of history has now left to join them.”
He noted that she had made more official trips to France than any other country and had welcomed a succession of French Presidents on state visits.
Commentators have noted that the sometimes difficult relationship between the UK and France, not least during the Brexit negotiations, was made easier by the Queen’s relationship with France.
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