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Prince Charles made honorary Niçois

The Connexion, May 8

Prince Charles was made an honorary citizen of Nice on Monday night on the first day of a three-day royal visit to France.

The Prince and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, flew into the city’s airport Monday morning for what was the first official royal visit to Nice since 1931.

British Embassy communications staff apologised to assembled press, for the ‘British weather’ that greeted the royal couple, though luckily it improved as the day went on.

Le Figaro surmised that they would have felt flattered by the large amount of photographers at Nice airport yesterday, only to find out that many of them were there to cover film stars coming to the Cannes Festival by private jet, rather than the arrival of the royals on a Royal Air Force plane.

Their day started with a ceremony of homage to the victims of the July 14, 2016 attack on the Promenade des Anglais, at which Prince Charles placed flowers on a memorial and met victims' families, followed by a visit to pretty clifftop village Eze before returning to Nice.

At an evening reception the Prince and the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, spoke about the historic links between the UK and the city, and the prince was awarded honorary citizenship.

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