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At the end of March, King Charles III. travel to Germany. Visits with his wife Camilla in Berlin and Brandenburg as well as Hamburg are planned.

The British King Charles III. and his wife Camilla are coming to Germany for their first state visit at the end of the month. The royal couple will be in Berlin, Brandenburg and Hamburg from March 29th to 31st, as the Office of the Federal President announced in Berlin on Friday. “This early visit underscores the close and warm friendship between our countries and our citizens,” said Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in a video message.

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King Charles III Come to Germany

The new king will also pay a visit to France beforehand, visiting the capital Paris and Bordeaux. “The fact that King Charles chose Germany and France as the first travel destinations before his coronation is also an important European gesture,” said Steinmeier. “I would like to say to him, but of course also to all Britons: We in Germany, we in Europe, want close and friendly relations with the United Kingdom even after Brexit.”

On March 29, Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender welcomed the royal couple with military honors in Berlin. So that as many people as possible can see the royal couple, the reception will not take place in the park of Bellevue Palace as usual, but at the Brandenburg Gate. According to the Office of the Federal President, there has never been a state guest welcomed at Berlin’s landmark. This is also seen as a sign of the special appreciation and close ties between Germany and Great Britain. In the evening, Steinmeier and Büdenbender will hold a state banquet for their guests at Bellevue Palace.

On the second day (March 30), the Federal President and his state guest will be attending meetings in Berlin and Brandenburg. King Charles III will, among other things, give a speech in the Bundestag and meet refugees from Ukraine in Berlin. In Brandenburg, a visit to the soldiers of a German-British military unit that specializes in building bridges is on the agenda.

Camilla will also be there in Berlin and Hamburg

On March 31, the Federal President and his wife will accompany their guests to Hamburg. There King Charles III. and his wife Camilla visit the memorial of St. Nikolai Church, which was destroyed by Allied bombers 80 years ago, and the port. Finally, the royal couple, the Federal President and his wife will take part in a large reception with guests from the Hanseatic city and the local British community.

The Hamburg Senate said that First Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) would receive the royal couple in City Hall for an entry in the Hanseatic city’s Golden Book. “The visit of King Charles III and Queen Camilla is a great honor for the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg,” said Tschentscher. “It strengthens the good relations between the United Kingdom and the Hanseatic city, which is considered the ‘most British city on the continent’.”

Frank-Walter Steinmeier and King Charles III. know each other well and appreciate each other very much, as is emphasized in Berlin. During his time as Federal President, Steinmeier met Charles six times, most recently in September 2022 at the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II in London. “I invited him to Germany as the new king,” he said now. “The fact that he is now accepting this invitation six months later shows how much the king values ​​the friendship between our peoples.” In English, the Federal President added in his video message: “Your Majesty: I look forward to welcoming you in Germany.”

Charles last visited Germany with his wife in autumn 2020. At that time, in the midst of the corona pandemic, he gave a moving speech at the central commemoration of the day of national mourning in the Bundestag, in which he evoked the deep partnership between Great Britain and Germany. The king is very familiar with Germany, said the British ambassador in Berlin, Jill Gallard. He has been here officially or privately 40 times since 1962 and has got to know all corners of the country.

Source: Stern

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