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King to make first visits as monarch to France, Germany

King Charles will travel to France and Germany on his first state visits since succeeding his mother Queen Elizabeth as monarch last September, Buckingham Palace says.

The King and his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, will visit France on March 26 and spend three days there before heading to Germany, with the tour concluding two days later.

"The visit will celebrate Britain's relationship with France and Germany, marking our shared histories, culture and values," a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said.

"It will also provide an opportunity to look forwards and demonstrate the many ways the UK is working in partnership with France and Germany."

During his time in France he will join President Emmanuel Macron for a state banquet, for a ceremony of remembrance at the Arc de Triomphe and will address senators and members of the National Assembly at the French Senate.

In Germany, he will also address the German parliament as well as meet refugees who have recently arrived from Ukraine.