Promoting Cultural Diplomacy: Prince Charles and Camilla in Berlin
The Royal Family and its role in strengthening cultural diplomacy and strong relations between the United Kingdom and GermanyMay 08th, 2019
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are currently on a four-day visit in Germany. Before departing to the cities of Leipzig and Munich, the couple spent May 7th in Berlin to promote cultural diplomacy and strong ties between the UK and Germany.
Shortly after arriving at Tegel Airport, Prince Charles and Camilla met German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery. Prince Charles also met Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German President, who received him in front of Schloss Bellevue, the official residence of the German President. In the meantime, Camilla was given a tour of the “Gewaltschutzambulanz” at Charité clinic, a special department of the Charité that aims to provide medical care and support to victims of physical violence. Later that day, the royal couple visited the Berlin Airlift Memorial with Berlin’s Governing Mayor, Michal Müller, and attended a party to celebrate the Queen’s birthday at the residence of the British ambassador in Berlin-Grunewald.
In a speech that he delivered at the event on the evening of May 7th, Prince Charles stressed that the close and amicable relationship between the United Kingdom and Germany should continue to prosper in the future. He underlined that “the bonds between us will and must endure” and further commented: “We are friends and natural partners, bound by common experiences, interests and values, and our futures are deeply entwined. “
Prince Charles’ speech reveals how the royal couple, who travelled to Berlin and other German cities on behalf of the British government, aimed to promote the advancement of cultural diplomacy and the strengthening of close relation between the UK and Germany during their visit in Germany. The official purpose of their four-day visit was the “expression of the diversity and continued relevance of British-German relations”.