Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have today landed in Berlin for the start of a four day trip in which he will urge politicians to protect Britain’s bond with Germany.
The heir to the throne and Camilla arrived at Berlin Tegel Airport where they were greeted by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Germany, Sir Sebastian Wood.
To mark their arrival in the capital, there was also a Guard of Honour from the country’s Federal Defence Forces.
They were later greeted by Chancellor Angela Merkel outside the Federal Chancellery, and the three of them posed for photographs before they entered the building for a private meeting.
As the royal couple made their way into the Federal Chancellery, members of the public watched on from behind the gates.
One man shouted ‘Congratulations, grandfather’ as Charles made his way inside.
After a private meeting with Mrs Merkel, the couple will then make their way to visit the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Later today Charles will give a speech in what may be seen as a push for a softer Brexit, by pointing out that the two nations have transcended years of conflict to become friends and partners.
The heir to the throne and Camilla arrived at Berlin Tegel Airport where they were greeted by a Guard of Honour
Prince Charles and Camilla inspect the Guard of Honour from the country’s Federal Defence Forces
Prince Charles and Camilla were taken from the airport to meet Angela Merkel this afternoon on the first day of the four day trip
Prince Charles and Camilla shake hands with Angela Merkel this afternoon on the first day of the four day trip
Charles appears to share a joke with Angela Merkel as they met the German chancellor this afternoon after arriving in Berlin
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales are seen on the balcony at the Chancellery in Berlin this afternoon
Earlier the heir to the throne and Camilla arrived at Berlin Tegel Airport where they were greeted by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Germany, Sir Sebastian Wood (right)
Charles and Camilla depart the RAF jet and are greeted by the UK ambassador Sir Sebastian Wood (in the black glasses) and his wife Sirinat Wood
And he will say he hopes any future relationship stays strong for the sake of young people today and generations to come.
The prince is to speak in Berlin at an event to celebrate the Queen’s birthday following a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
He will acknowledge the Brexit crisis, saying of Anglo-German ties: ‘It is a relationship in transition.
‘But whatever the shape of our future relationship, and whatever is negotiated and agreed between governments and institutions, it is more clear to me than it has ever been, that the bonds between us will, and must, endure – and that our young people, and future generations, will have as much cause to cherish those bonds as our generation has had.
Charles and Camilla’s trip was supposed to come in the wake of Britain’s departure from the EU on March 29. It was decided the visit should go ahead despite Brexit being delayed
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall depart the Royal Air Force jet as they touch down at Berlin’s Tegel airport this afternoon
Prince Charles and Camilla look down on the Guard of Honour as they arrive at the Berlin airport for the start of their four day trip
Sirinat Wood (second left) wife of British Ambassador to Germany, Sebastian Wood (left), shakes hands with Prince Charles at the Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany
The prince (arriving in Berlin today with Camilla) is to speak in Berlin at an event to celebrate the Queen’s birthday following a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel
The heir to the throne and Camilla, accompanied by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Germany, Sir Sebastian Wood (seccond right, with blue tie) as they arrived at Berlin Tegel Airport
‘Our countries and our people have been through so much together. As we look towards the future, I can only hope that we can also pledge to redouble our commitment to each other and to the ties between us.
‘In so doing, we can ensure that our continent will never again see the division and conflict of the past; that together, we will continue to be an indispensable force for good in our world; and that the friendships and partnerships that bind us together will continue to create opportunity for us all.’
Charles’s speech will come at the start of a four-day trip to Germany, undertaken at the request of the British Government.
A German flag (L) and the Royal Standard (R) are seen at the cockpit window of a Royal Air Force jet with Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla, the Dutchess of Cornwall, onboard
The Royal Air Force plane carrying Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall sits on the tarmac at the airport in Berlin this afternoon
President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (pictured on April 10) will meet the royal couple as part of the trip which was scheduled to take place after the March 29 Brexit
The Prince of Wales will acknowledge the Brexit crisis in his speech and say it is a ‘relationship in transition’. He is pictured with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Theresa May at St James’s Palace in London on July 10 last year
It aims to highlight the depth of the bilateral relationship and its ‘enduring importance to both countries’.
The visit comes 102 years after the House of Windsor was created, replacing the family name of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and erasing the German-style of titles in 1917 as the catastrophic effects of the First World War were felt.
Charles and Camilla’s trip was supposed to come in the wake of Britain’s departure from the EU on March 29. It was decided the visit should go ahead despite Brexit being delayed.
Since the Queen no longer travels abroad, any visit by Charles is akin to a state visit and viewed by the Government as a weapon in its diplomatic armoury.
Senior royals are seen to have the ability to open doors that politicians cannot.
Prince Charles has visited Germany more than 30 times in a public and private capacity.
His most recent visit came in 2009, when he made an official visit with Camilla to Berlin.
In 2015, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh made a State Visit to Germany, and in 2017 the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited with Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The speech will also highlight the family’s German ancestry – an interesting move given that his ancestors spent many years playing this down.
George V changed the family name from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to Windsor because of anti-German sentiment in the First World War.
The trip begins in Berlin today as the royal couple met Angela Merkel and German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
After a private meeting with the president, Charles and Camilla will visit and walk through Brandenburg Gate with the Mayor of Berlin, Michael Muller.
Mr Muller will give the couple a brief history of the gate, as well as explaining its importance to the city.
The prince and the duchess will then take the opportunity to meet members of the public outside the famous landmark.
For their final engagement of the day, the couple will attend the Queen’s Birthday Party at the British Ambassador’s residence, where he will give his speech.
Tomorrow they will travel to Leipzig and then to Munich, where Camilla will highlight projects working with victims of domestic violence.
The Queen was also seen as having entered the Brexit fray, telling her local Women’s Institute in Sandringham, Norfolk, of the need for common ground and ‘never losing sight of the bigger picture’.
It echoed her Christmas address when she said that treating others with respect was ‘always a good first step towards greater understanding.’
And the Duke of Cambridge has also urged people to ‘come together in times of trouble and work for the common good’.