British Royals in Berlin: Prince Charles gives speech in German –...


At the invitation of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the British heir to the throne, Prince Charles (72), came to Berlin this weekend and brought his wife, Duchess Camilla (73), with him.

On Sunday afternoon, Prince Charles gave a speech in the Bundestag. To the surprise of many, also in German!

“Crises call us to act together. And the partnership between the United Kingdom and Germany offers us an important opportunity in this regard, ”said the British heir to the throne, who gave his speech alternately in English and German.

Camilla was among the audience in the hall. She listened eagerly to her husband while the 72-year-old emphasized the importance of German-British friendship beyond Brexit.

Duchess Camilla listens to Prince Charles’ speech in a hat and mask in the BundestagFoto: Pool / Getty Images

He was “firmly convinced that the central ties between us will remain strong,” he said in his commemorative speech on the day of memorial in the plenary hall of the Bundestag. “We will always be friends, partners and allies.”

These challenges are obvious, said the Prince of Wales. Especially in this day and age. He named coping with the corona pandemic and the “existential threat” posed by climate change.


The British heir to the throne, Prince Charles, and his wife, Duchess Camilla, in Berlin. Both wore masks according to the regulations

The British heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Duchess Camilla in Berlin. Both wore masks according to the regulationsPhoto: Christian Mang / dpa

It was the first time that a member of the Royal Family attended the central memorial service in the capital that Sunday.

75 years after the end of the Second World War, the focus is on German-British relations, which have developed from hostility in war to solid friendship.

On Saturday, Charles landed at BER

On Saturday, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla landed at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), where they were greeted by the British Ambassador Jill Gallard.


Charles and Camilla's arrival at BER

Charles and Camilla’s arrival at BERPhoto: POOL / Reuters

On Sunday morning, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier received the British royals in Bellevue Palace.

“We Germans are deeply grateful to Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla for this extraordinary gesture of reconciliation and solidarity in extraordinary times,” Steinmeier said on Sunday after a conversation with Prince Charles and Camilla in Bellevue Palace, the official residence of the Federal President.


Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier with Prince Charles

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier with Prince CharlesPhoto: Michele Tantussi / Getty Images

“We are united by the desire and the firm intention to maintain and strengthen the good neighborhood and close partnership between the United Kingdom and Germany in the future”, said Steinmeier.

Afterwards, the Federal President, together with the Prince and representatives of the constitutional organs, took part in the wreath-laying ceremony on the day of national mourning at the Neue Wache in Berlin-Mitte. In the afternoon, Charles gave his speech in the Bundestag.

Charles and Camilla last visited Germany in May 2019. Since 1962, Charles has been to Germany more than thirty times, both officially and privately.


Prince Charles and Camilla with Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender in the Neue Wache in the center of Berlin

Prince Charles and Camilla with Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (right) and his wife Elke Büdenbender (2nd from right) in the Neue Wache in the center of Berlin Photo: POOL / Reuters


The handwritten message on a card on Prince Charles's wreath read: “In everlasting remembrance of all victims of conflict and tyranny. Charles. ”(“ In eternal memory of all victims of

The handwritten message on a card on Prince Charles’s wreath read: “In everlasting remembrance of all victims of conflict and tyranny. Charles. “(” In the eternal memory of all victims of conflict and tyranny. Charles. “) Photo: POOL / Reuters


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