The first state visit of King Charles III to France, scheduled for 27 and 28 March, has been postponed to this summer. This visit is expected in France as a sign of warming relations with Europe after Brexit. As the result of social outcry against pension reform in France, the Élysée decided in the end to cancel the invitation for the sake of the interests and safety of both parties.
We hope that the previously announced program will be implemented later. It was Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Cru Classé de Graves, which was chosen by the monarch.
Invited by Emmanuel Macron, Charles III has decided to include a detour via the Gironde during his official trip. The last visit to Bordeaux of Charles III dates back to May 9, 1977 for the opening of the exhibition “British Painting from Gainsborough to Bacon”. The Prince of Wales then took the opportunity to make a stopover at Château Latour in Pauillac.
This year, the King decided to visit the Smith Haut Lafitte estate, nominated for the Wine Travel Awards. The property of Florence and Daniel Cathiard was chosen for the meeting of the monarch opposite two other castles, which also stood in a row.
“It’s a huge honor for us,” enthuses Florence Cathiard. “Beyond the privilege of receiving the King of England, we receive a historical figure who is one of my icons. I have always appreciated his personality, his commitments, his love of nature. I had briefly had the opportunity to meet him several years ago, through common relations, after his last polo match”.