King Charles III’s much-anticipated state visit to France has been delayed due to the ongoing protests in the country against President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms. Buckingham Palace confirmed the news in a statement on Friday, noting that “The King and The Queen Consort’s State Visit to France has been postponed. Their Majesties hope to visit France at the earliest possible opportunity.”

The visit, which was originally set to last six days, aimed to boost relations between the United Kingdom and its neighbors, with the royals visiting France and Germany, the two most populous countries in the European Union. The trip would have been the first official overseas visit for King Charles III, who will still travel to Germany on Wednesday, as scheduled.

While the postponement is undoubtedly a setback, it is hoped that the delay will ultimately lead to a more peaceful and stable environment for the visit to take place in. The world will be watching to see how this situation develops, and whether Britain’s relationship with France and Germany can be strengthened in the face of ongoing political turbulence.