Their first trip abroad as monarchs.
On Wednesday afternoon, King Charles III of England and his wife, Queen consort Camilla, arrived in Germany, kicking off their first trip abroad as monarchs.
Their visit to France was cancelled
Although the king was initially scheduled to visit France earlier, this leg of the trip was canceled due to ongoing protests against French President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier thanked King Charles III for his choice of Germany
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier thanked King Charles III for choosing Germany as his first international destination as monarch, stressing that this is «an important signal for German-British relations.»
Received with military honors
The royal couple was received with military honors at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, where they also had a face-to-face meeting with the German public.
Address to the Bundestag
The trip’s itinerary will include a state dinner at Bellevue Palace, as well as meetings with Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Berlin Mayor Franziska Giffey. In addition, Charles III will deliver a speech to the Bundestag, becoming the first British monarch to do so. The trip will also include a visit to the city of Hamburg before returning to the United Kingdom.
He has visited Germany some 40 times as a prince.
A regular visitor to Germany, Charles III has been to the country approximately 40 times as a prince, according to the British embassy in Berlin.
Strengthening relations between the United Kingdom and Germany
With this trip, the royal couple seeks to strengthen relations between the United Kingdom and Germany, and also to consolidate their role as new monarchs.