• 1843: Queen Victoria visits King Louis-Philippe, who speaks of an “entente cordiale”

    Queen Victoria’s visit to King Louis-Philippe at the Château d'Eu in Normandy in September 1843 signalled that Franco-British relations were improving. The Queen was the first British monarch to go to France since Henry VIII almost 300 years earlier, and during her visit Louis-Philippe spoke of an “entente cordiale” between the two kingdoms.Three years earlier, the two countries had been on the brink of war over the Far East question when tensions between the Ottoman Empire (supported by Britain) and Egytp (supported by France) soared, and social resentment had been running high.

    Scène de la première entente cordiale : la jeune reine Victoria et le roi Louis-Philippe (Revue franco-anglaise, 1910)

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