From the beginning of the July Monarchy, France was kept at arms’ length from the other European powers. Through his diplomatic efforts, principally with his powerful English neighbour and rival, King Louis-Philippe did not cease in his desire to reverse this trend.
A meeting between the French and English sovereigns was organised at the Château d’Eu in September 1843, with Louis-Philippe visiting Queen Victoria a year later in Windsor Castle. A third, and last meeting was held in Eu in 1845.
In just a few scenes, Provost-Dumarchais was able to depict a meeting which, given the atmosphere in which it took place, really was cordial. This does not mean, however, that the political importance of this, one of the most striking events of the July Monarchy, should be forgotten.