Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles were greeted in Berlin today ahead of a memorial service to commemorate Germany's day of mourning – the first British kings to ever attend the service.
The couple were officially welcomed by the country's president Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Budenbender arrived at Bellevue Palace in Berlin this morning after arriving last night.
The foursome, all with face masks, posed for one socially distant image outside the 18th century building that is the main residence of the Federal President.
Dressed in all black, Charles, who celebrated his 72nd birthday yesterday, wore his military medals, while Camilla wore a face mask adorned with poppies to commemorate the fallen.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles were greeted in Berlin today ahead of a memorial service for the German day of mourning
Charles, who celebrated his 72nd birthday yesterday, wore his military medals on this grim occasion. The event is designed to reflect the importance of British-German relations in the face of Brexit tensions
Later they will take part in a wreath-laying ceremony in the Neue Wache, which houses the central monument of the Federal Republic of Germany for the victims of war and tyranny.
The royal couple will step forward together and touch their wreaths in the German tradition of symbolically tidying up the ribbons before a moment of silence and a solo trumpeter play The Good Comrade.
The visit will culminate with the Prince and Duchess' trip to the Bundestag for the central memorial service for the German Day of Mourning – the first time members of the British monarchy have attended the event.
During the event, which will include readings and a minute's silence, Charles will deliver a historic speech calling on the world to unite and eradicate hate crimes for future generations.
The royal couple was officially welcomed by State President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Budenbender in the Bellevue Palace in Berlin
Camilla was dressed all in black for the occasion and wore a face mask adorned with poppies as a tribute to the war dead
President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Buedenbender in his official residence at Bellevue Palace in Berlin
Prince Charles comes to a meeting with Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Bellevue Palace in Berlin
Charles is expected to deliver a speech calling on the UK and Germany to work together to tackle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the threat of climate change
The foursome, all with face masks, posed for a socially distant picture outside the 18th century building that is the Federal President's main residence
The prince is expected to say: “We must be determined to combat unspeakable atrocities against people, based on their religion, race, or belief, wherever they occur in the world.
"We must stand side by side in resolutely defending the future we owe our children and grandchildren."
It is the first time that a member of the royal family has attended the somber occasion. It is the first joint official overseas visit by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall since the pandemic began. The event is designed to reflect the importance of British-German relations in the face of ongoing Brexit tensions.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. The invitation to Prince Charles to give a speech at the ceremony is intended to shed light on British-German relations.
Charles will also use the speech to point out the need for global collaboration to fight Covid-19 and to speak about the threat posed by climate change, reports Der Spiegel.
Charles will also use his speech to highlight the need for global collaboration to tackle Covid-19 and to discuss the threat of climate change
It is the first time a member of the royal family has attended the somber occasion. It is the first joint official overseas visit by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall since the pandemic began
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and First Lady Elke Buedenbender pose with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall on the day of German mourning to commemorate victims of war and fascism on the steps of the Bellevue Palace
He is expected to state that the “challenges” facing our future are evident, “whether from this terrible pandemic that threatens not only our public health but also our prosperity and security; or the existential threat to our planet and our way of life due to climate change and the catastrophic loss of biodiversity.
& # 39; These crises require joint action and the UK-Germany partnership offers such an important opportunity in this regard.
"We are heavily invested in each other's futures so that our national interests, although different, are always intertwined."
& # 39; As our countries begin this new chapter in our long history, let's reaffirm our solidarity for years to come.
Prince Charles and Camilla's last visit to Germany was in May 2019. The king has traveled to the country more than 30 times since 1962, both on official visits and on personal trips
Let's think about everything we've been through together and what we've learned. Let us remember all victims of war, tyranny and persecution; those who gave their lives for the freedoms we cherish and those who continue to fight for those freedoms to this day. & # 39;
The German Day of Mourning takes place two Sundays before Advent every year. It began to remember the fallen of World War I in 1919.
This year, President Steinmeier changed the official text for the ceremony to include victims of political, racist, terrorist and anti-Semitic attacks in Germany in recent years.
Prince Charles and Camilla's last visit to Germany was in May 2019. The king has traveled to the country more than 30 times since 1962, both on official visits and on personal trips.