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IN PHOTOS: The Prince of Wales marks the 80th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s ‘Appel’

The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall
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The Prince of Wales has accepted the French Legion d’Honneur on behalf of London. The award, France’s highest distinction, was made by the country’s President, Emmanuel Macron, as he visited the city to mark the 80th anniversary of the famous ”Appel” to the French people, made by Charles de Gaulle on June 18th 1940.

The Legion d’Honneur has been presented for services to France during World War Two. In acceptance, the Prince of Wales said ”It gives me the utmost pleasure and pride to accept the Légion d’honneur on behalf of this city and this country, and on behalf of all those who struggled for liberty in common cause with France.”

President Macron was welcomed to the city by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. As well as listening to a reading of the ”Appel”, seen as the main starting point of French resistance to Nazi occupation, the royals and their guest laid wreaths at the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Memorial and at a statue of General de Gaulle. Here’s a look back at a special day, in photos.

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