Two Royals Step in for King Charles at Major Event (and It’s Not Will and Kate)

They attended the historical event earlier this morning

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While King Charles continues his cancer treatment, not one, but two members of the British royal family recently took part in a very important event on the monarch’s behalf. 

Earlier this morning, the king’s younger brother, Prince Edward, 60, and his wife, Sophie, 59, attended the 120th anniversary parade of The Entente Cordiale. 

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During the ceremony, the royal couple inspected (from Buckingham Palace’s forecourt) 32 members of the 1st and 2nd Infantry regiments of the Garde Republicaine, as well as 40 guardsmen from F Company Scots Guards, who stood opposite the French troops.

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Per the official royal website, the annual celebration marks the signing of a diplomatic agreement between France and the United Kingdom in 1904. This was not a “formal alliance” between the two nations, but it constituted a “basis for a stronger Anglo-French relationship.” 

During the Changing of the Guards ceremonies, the French and British troops switched roles outside the palace. While at the historical event, Edward and Sophie were also accompanied by General Sir Patrick Sanders (U.K. Chief of General Staff), General Pierre Schill (the French Chief of the Army Staff) and Helene Duchene (the French ambassador to the U.K.).

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As I mentioned above, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh stepped in for the king as he continues to undergo medical treatment for his undisclosed cancer. The last public engagement King Charles participated in was the Easter Sunday service at St. George’s Chapel. 

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After the service, the monarch and his wife, Queen Camilla, 76, went on a surprise stroll outside of Windsor Castle to greet well-wishers. While talking with a royal admirer, the king made a surprising comment about his marriage. Acknowledging how his wife has been a big part of his recovery, King Charles beamed over at her and said with a smile, “I just obey my instructions.” 

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