Charles and Camilla met German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Budenbender in Berlin (Picture: EPA)
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall went to Germany this weekend to participate in the country’s National Day of Mourning as the first royals to attend the event.
Charles and Camilla met President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Budenbender on the steps of the Bellevue Palace in Berlin on Saturday evening. Charles later delivered a passionate speech in praise of the bonds of friendship, culture and shared values he believes will endure between the UK and Germany in the aftermath of Brexit.
Germany’s national day of mourning is when the country commemorates all victims of war and tyranny.
Prince Charles made some of his most direct references to Breixt to date when he told the country’s parliament, Bundestag: ‘The United Kingdom has chosen a future outside the European Union, and the relationship between our countries is evolving once again.
‘Its shape is a matter negotiated between our governments and its essence is defined by the enduring connections between our people.
‘It is, therefore, my heartfelt belief that the fundamental bond between us will remain strong: we will always be friends, partners and allies.
Charles made a speech about the UK’s relationship with Germany after Brexit (Picture: REX)
‘As our countries begin this new chapter in our long history, let us reaffirm our bond for the years ahead.’
Charles and Camilla later travelled to the Neue Wache Central Memorial where a wreath had been laid on behalf of the prince at the centre of the stone memorial in front of a lone sculpture titled Mother With Her Dead Son by German artist Kathe Kollwitz, designed in memory of her own son who died in the First World War.
The Prince has been supporting the Queen during Remembrance week, as he does every year, and last weekend laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in honour of the country’s war dead on behalf of the Queen.
This weekend also happened to be Chalres’ 72nd birthday which the official Instagram and Twitter accounts of the royals posted about.
He is expected to celebrate this milestone privately because of coronavirus restrictions.
Gun salutes would normally be fired in celebration of Charles’s birthday from Green Park, the Tower of London and other locations around the country.
The Royals and the German president and his wife at the at the Neue Wache Central Memorial (Picture: Getty Images)
But a Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said Covid restrictions meant they would not take place this year.
She said: ‘We can confirm that, following consultation with key stakeholders, ceremonial gunfire from all saluting stations continues to be temporarily suspended due to national Covid-19 restrictions.
‘As such, the gun salute due to take place on Saturday 14 November for the birthday of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will now not take place.
‘Future such events will continue to be regularly reviewed in conjunction with current Government Covid-related guidance.’
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