After canceling the first leg of their overseas trip to France last week amid ongoing protests, King Charles and Queen Camilla arrived in Berlin, Germany, marking the first tour of their new reign.
The royal couple were greeted in Berlin on Wednesday by a twenty-one gun salute and a fly-past to commemorate the start of their state visit. This is the pair’s first trip to Berlin since 2020, and the king’s 29th official visit to the country. From there, Charles and Camilla were taken to the Brandenburg Gate where they received a ceremonial welcome from President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Frau Elke Büdenbender, the first time a foreign head of state has been formally welcomed at the venue. These ceremonies typically take place at Schloss Bellevue, the president’s official residence. After the Brandenburg Gate, the royals were then taken to Schloss Bellevue where they joined the president in attending the Sustainability Reception in partnership with the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue followed by a state banquet.
Over the next two days, the king and queen consort will continue their tour, visiting Hamburg where Charles is expected to address the Bundestag, or German federal parliament. Queen Camilla and Frau Büdenbender will also visit the Komische Opera in Berlin to learn about the company’s community outreach programs and local engagement. And while in Brandenburg, King Charles will also meet with soldiers from the Corps of Royal Engineers and watch a demonstration of their bridge-building amphibious vehicles.
According to the palace, this trip is meant to celebrate Britain and Germany’s “shared histories, culture and values. It will also provide an opportunity to look forwards and demonstrate the many ways the United Kingdom is working in partnership with Germany, whether that be to tackle climate change; respond to the conflict in Ukraine; seize trade and investment opportunities or share the best of our arts and culture.” The statement continued, “As well as speaking to the strength of the United Kingdom’s bilateral relationship with Germany, Their Majesties’ visit will include engagements highlighting the importance of sustainability and community—key themes which have been embraced by citizens of both our countries. There will also be opportunities to reflect on the sacrifices and challenges of our shared past, out of which has come an enduring legacy of cooperation and reconciliation.”
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