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Germany Welcomes King Charles And Queen Consort Camilla In A Ceremonial Style

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla, were formally greeted at the Brandenburg Gate by Germany’s president Frank-Walter Steinmeier and wife Elke Budenbender before the national anthems of Germany and the UK were played.

The royal couple mingled with crowds gathered by the Brandenburg Gate, with the King at one point bending down to pick up a man’s cap before returning it back to him. 

The well-wisher, clearly touched by the gesture, thanked the monarch before bowing his head.  

As a sign of the importance placed on the visit, the couple were given the first full ceremonial and military welcome at the landmark since the Second World War. Even Queen Elizabeth II, who also visited Berlin for her last ever State Visit abroad in 2015, wasn’t afforded that honour.  

Charles and Camilla had been due to fly in from Paris but the first part of their visit to France was cancelled at the 11th hour by President Macron amid scenes of huge civil unrest in his country. It will be re-arranged at a later date.

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla arrives in Germany.

Charles will become the first monarch to address the German parliament, with a speech tomorrow, before travelling to the port city of Hamburg on Friday. 

It is being seen as a sign of the importance that both Governments are placing on the visit post-Brexit and in the face of the conflict in Ukraine.

The Royal Family’s unique brand of ‘soft diplomacy’ is seen as a significant weapon for the British government to build on the already strong historic ties between the two countries.

Today, Charles and Camilla put out a statement sharing their excitement about the visit. 

‘Ahead of our first State Visit to Germany, we are very much looking forward to meeting all of those who make this country so special,’ they wrote.

‘It is a great joy to be able to continue the deepening of the longstanding friendship between our two nations.’

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