King and Queen tour LIVE: Charles and Camilla travel by tram following furore over flights

Queen Camilla plays table tennis with Brigitte Macron

King Charles and Queen Camilla have opted to use Bordeaux’s tram service to get around the city today, September 22.

This news comes after the couple have been the centre of furore over their use of flights.

The couple travelled into Paris on Wednesday, via a royal jet, and stayed in the city for two days.

Having now travelled to Bordeaux, the couple are gearing up for the end of their mini tour.

Bordeaux was chosen as a stop for the tour due to its home to large number of ex-pats and is twinned with Bristol.

The Queen and King have arrived in Bordeaux

The Queen and King got the tram in Bordeaux (Image: GETTY)

The couple will end today’s visit with a trip an organic vineyard in the city.

The vineyard is one which has pioneered a sustainable approach to wine making, something that the King is known to be passionate about.

The tour was rescheduled from March, with the trip originally planned for six months ago.

Violent protests across the country meant that it was forced to be halted, with the Palace releasing details of the rescheduled visit last month.

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Queen donates books to charity

Queen Camilla fended off a bee before donating books to a centre for Ukrainian refugees.

The Queen visited Le Pain de l’Amitié that houses a subsidised supermarket, kitchen and restaurant, and provides low-cost food and necessities to those in need.

Camilla had a quick tour of the charity in Bordeaux which was first established as a soup kitchen in the 1980s, and still regularly serves hot meals to the homeless in its restaurant.

The Queen heard how the charity works with Dons Solidaires, a French charity fighting against hygiene poverty.

Recently, Don Solidaires has partnered with In Kind Direct International – which was founded by the King in 1997.

She met three women from Ukraine and spoke in private about how they are coping.

As she took her seat the Queen said: “So how long have you been here. How did you hear about this place?”

The rest of the ten-minute meeting was held in private.

As she left, The Queen presented a donation of a small selection of children’s books to the service.

They included Mrs Harris Goes to Paris, Paddington, The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse, and two Harry Potter books in France.

Sources close to the Queen say it was merely a selection of books and that more will follow.– By Richard Palmer, Daily Express Royal Correspondent in Paris

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The Queen visited Le Pain de l’Amitié (Image: Getty)

Queen looks stunning in glorious turquoise coat dress for last day in France

Queen Camilla and King Charles landed in France on Wednesday and are currently on the last day of their state visit to France.

The stylish royal was spotted exiting the plane with King Charles by her side at Bordeaux.

Queen Camilla looked gorgeous today in a turquoise coat dress she had previously worn by Anna Valentine.

Camilla has many coat dresses, a fashion staple which has become almost part of her royal wardrobe.

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Queen Camilla steps out in glorious turquoise coat dress for last day in France

Queen Camilla steps out in glorious turquoise coat dress for last day in France (Image: Getty)

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The couple arrive by tram for their next engagement in Bordeaux

The King and Queen have arrived for their next engagement in Bordeaux – via tram.

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The National Anthem is played as the King and Queen leave the frigate

The National Anthem is played as the couple leave the frigate.

King Charles ensures to help Camilla over the bumpy step which are tricky to navigate.

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A royal flypast has been spotted in France

In honour of the King and Queen’s visit, a royal flypast has been spotted in Bordeaux, France.

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The first stop in Bordeaux

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The King and Queen’s first Navy-focused stop in Bordeaux

The King and Queen are at a reception on the flight deck of the Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Iron Duke (on which Prince William once served) in Bordeaux to highlight the defence ties between the UK and France.

It’s a key theme of the visit amid Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Richard Palmer, our royal correspondent who is currently based in France

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The King at a reception on the flight deck of the Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Iron Duke (Image: GETTY)

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The King and Queen have arrived in Bordeaux

The King and Queen have arrived in Bordeaux on the final day of their France State Visit.

Crowds out to see them at the Hotel de Ville, which was ablaze earlier this year amid riots in France.

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The King and Queen have arrived in Bordeaux

The King and Queen have arrived for their final day in France, arriving at a second location on the tour – Bordeaux.

The royal flight touched down at Bordeaux-Merignac Airport five minutes early at 12.45pm local time.After disembarking the aircraft, Charles and Camilla were greeted by French Minister of Defence, Sébastien Lecornu.They were led to a Renault Espace car, with Camilla sitting in the front with Charles and M Lecornu in the back. The King and Queen then departed in a convoy of at least 30 cars and 16 motorcycles en route to the the Hôtel de Ville, the town hall, in the centre of Bordeaux.

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The King and Queen arrived in Bordeaux (Image: GETTY)

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King Charles breaks French rules by taking 75-minute flight from Paris to Bordeaux

King Charles had originally planned to travel to Bordeaux by train, but this was shelved due to security concerns.

King Charles and Queen Camilla faced criticism today for flying from Paris to Bordeaux while preaching about the need to cut carbon emissions to fight global warming.

The 360-mile Paris to Bordeaux hop is no longer permitted on Air France after the French government banned internal flights of less than two hours 30 minutes for ecological reasons.

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The King travelled to France, from the UK, on a royal jet (Image: GETTY)

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The King’s moving words to France written on the Senate’s guest book

On the second day of the King and Queen’s visit to France, Charles III was invited to speak at the French Senate.

The historic moment marked the first time that a British monarch had spoken at the Senate.

During his visit, the King shared a tender message, which has been revealed by Gala.

Throughout his written words, which were in the language of Molière, the sovereign was delighted with the relationship between the UK and France.

He wrote: “The friendship between the United Kingdom and France has a great history and a bright future, thanks to the rich exchanges between our people, our elected officials and our governments.”

The King also shared his gratitude for the visit, writing: “Please accept my deep gratitude for the honor of this invitation to the Senate, for the warmth of your welcome and for everything that the National Assembly and the Senate do to make these essential relations flourish.”

On Wednesday, his first day in France, the King spoke at the state dinner organised in the Hall of Mirrors of the Palace of Versailles

Despite not usually speaking politically, the King said: “It is up to us all to reinvigorate our friendship so that it is up to the challenges of this 21st century.”

The sovereign thus declared that France and the UK were “united against oppression and supports the most vulnerable, in particular those who suffer the devastating effects of natural disasters or conflicts, whether in Ukraine, in Libya, and in Morocco”.

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The King spoke yesterday in the French Senate (Image: GETTY)

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Royal fans rage as they accuse Macron of repeatedly breaking protocol with King Charles

King Charles was welcomed for the start of his three-day state visit to France by President Macron yesterday, but royal fans have raged at just how touchy-feely the French President was with the monarch.

Fans were quick to accuse President Macron of breaking royal protocol on his recent outing with King Charles by touching the monarch.

Many fans took to X, which was formally known as Twitter, to question why Macron chose to touch the King, with many believing that this is not meant to happen.

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Fans noticed how touchy-feely Macron was with the King (Image: GETTY)

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The King and Queen set to travel to Bordeaux for final day in France

The King and Queen are to meet Britons running businesses in south-western France before touring a vineyard on the final day of their state visit.

Charles and Camilla will fly from Paris to Bordeaux, a change from their original plans amid French media leaks, before being welcomed in a town hall.

The couple will join a reception on a Royal Navy frigate and ride a tram to the main square to meet British and French business owners on Friday, September 22.

Charles is set to hear all about the effects of climate change on forest fires, while Queen Camilla will meet a local charity supporting disadvantaged people.

The couple’s visit will end with a tour of a sustainable vineyard.

Bordeaux, famous for its wine, is home to around 39,000 Britons and is twinned with Bristol.

The King said in his historic address to the French Parliament on Thursday the “shared link” between the two cities is just one of a “countless number of connections” between the UK and France.

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The King and Queen are currently in France (Image: GETTY)

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Queen Camilla debuts stylish dress with leopard print and ruffled details in France

Queen Camilla debuted another new look this evening while visiting the Élysée Palace with King Charles.

President Emmanuel Macron welcomed King Charles III and Queen Camilla at the Élysée Palace earlier this evening in Paris, France.

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King Charles becomes first British royal to speak in French Senate

King Charles and Queen Camilla are enjoying the second day of their state visit to France today, with the monarch giving a landmark speech at the French Senate this morning.

King Charles has become the first British royal to speak in French Senate today, September 21.

The monarch arrived at the Senate to a standing ovation and rapturous applause and later stood to give a landmark speech where he seamlessly transitioned between French and English.

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The King became the first royal to give a speech at the French Senate yesterday (Image: PA)

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Queen Camilla takes on Brigitte Macron at table tennis – and one of them is so bad

Queen Camilla and Brigitte Macron have teamed up for several events today, but shortly after arriving at Saint-Denis they went head-to-head in a table tennis match.

Queen Camilla and Brigitte Macron went head-to-head in a table tennis match in Paris this afternoon, having spent the morning together at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France.

The pair played against each other while about a dozen people, including King Charles, watched on – but Camilla appeared to succumb to the pressure.

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The Queen took on table tennis yesterday (Image: GETTY)

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Good morning from London. I’m Lauren Welch and I will be bringing you all the latest developments on the King and Queen Camilla’s latest visit to France. Please feel free to get in touch with me as I work.

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