It is King Charles III’s first official state visit after he became monarch. For three days he and Camilla will visit Germany. They start their trip in Berlin. In the capital they will spend the night in the luxury hotel Adlon. Your hosts, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender, attach great importance to the visit. From Steinmeier’s point of view, it is about nothing less than “opening a new chapter in Anglo-German relations,” as the Federal President’s Office puts it.
The Royals were received at Berlin Airport with a 21-gun salute. From there we went to the Brandenburg Gate, where several hundred people waited for hours after strict security checks. In the afternoon, the Federal President gave Charles a reception on the topic of energy transition and sustainability at Bellevue Palace. Experts and activists came, but also politicians such as Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Economics Minister Robert Habeck (both Green). In the park of Bellevue Palace, both heads of state planted a manna ash together.
In the evening there was a state banquet with around 130 guests on the program, the men in tails, the women in long. Not only the former Federal Presidents Horst Köhler and Joachim Gauck and former Chancellor Angela Merkel had agreed to attend, but also the current Presidents of the Bundestag, Bundesrat and Federal Constitutional Court. Celebrities like star architect David Chipperfield and Campino, frontman of the band Tote Hosen, were also on the guest list.
Steinmeier’s chef Jan-Göran Barth had prepared a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian version of the four-course menu. The approximately 130 guests were first served pickled carp and Erfurt watercress, then Heck beef broth, pasture chicken and tree fungus, and finally prunes, East Frisian black tea and shortbread. The wine accompaniment consisted of a Riesling Spätlese from the Rheingau, a Pinot Noir from Rheinhessen and a liqueur wine from the Ahr. Of course there was also a non-alcoholic alternative.
With material from the DPA news agency
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