The 60th anniversary of the twinning of the three towns will be celebrated in Richmond in 2020. The highlight of the year will be a long weekend of festivities from 26th – 28th June involving the whole community. We hope to welcome many guests from both Fontainebleau & Konstanz as well as from the rest of the world.
The celebrations will begin with a real tennis tournament between the Jeu de Paume Club & The Royal Tennis Court at the Château de Fontainebleau on 13th-14th June. This will commemorate both the 500th anniversary of the famous meeting between Henry VIII & François I on the Field of Cloth of Gold & the 60th anniversary of the twinning.
This will be followed by the reaffirmation in Richmond from 26th-28th June.
A provisional formal programme, around which community groups can plan their own activities, is outlined below. Everyone is welcome to attend each event unless otherwise indicated.
Many Richmond clubs & associations already have partners in Fontainebleau & Konstanz & will be arranging joint activities. However any club or association can participate in the weekend of festivities simply by adopting a French or German theme. All residents of Richmond can also attend the public events.
Friday 26th June. An exhibition, a naming ceremony & reception, jointly hosted by the Richmond in Europe Association & Richmond Council, for invited guests at Orleans House Gallery.
Saturday 27th June.
Midday. A tree planting ceremony in the Terrace Gardens, Richmond Hill followed by performances & activities on Richmond Green.
6.45 p.m. A revue by the Richmond Shakespeare Company at the Mary Wallace Theatre, Twickenham.
7 p.m. A formal dinner, hosted by the Mayor, for invited guests at York House.
Sunday 28th June.
Morning. 9.30 a.m. A service at St. Mary Magdalene’s, Richmond followed by a riverside parade from Richmond Bridge, via Marble Hill & Orleans House, to York House.
There the formal reaffirmation ceremonies will take place, the bands will play & everyone will be invited to picnic.
The afternoon will be free for everyone to attend community events, including a polo match in Ham.
Evening. A performance of the European Youth Orchestra, comprising musicians from Fontainebleau, Konstanz, Lodi & Richmond.
If you would like your club, association or society to participate in the celebrations please write to
or telephone 0208 890 0202/ 0208 892 5244
The 55th Anniversary
The 55th anniversary was held in Fontainebleau in 2015. For details of the programme then please click on the following link.