Prince Charles and Camilla become first British royals to attend German remembrance ceremony

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles became the first British royals to attend Germany’s Day of Mourning remembrance ceremony today. 

The couple were officially welcomed this morning by the country’s president Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Budenbender at Berlin’s Bellevue Palace, having arrived last night. 

The foursome, all donning face masks, posed for a socially distanced picture outside the 18th century building which is the principal official residence of the Federal President of Germany.

They then travelled to the New Guardhouse, home to the Neue Wache Central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Victims of War and Tyranny to lay wreathes in tribute to the fallen.  

The royal couple stepped forward together and touched their wreaths in the German tradition of symbolically tidying the ribbons, before a moment of silence and a solo trumpeter playing The Good Comrade. 

Dressed all in black, Charles, who celebrated his 72nd birthday yesterday, wore his military medals while Camilla donned a face mask adorned in poppies. 

The prince and duchess then travelled to the Bundestag for the Central Remembrance Ceremony marking Germany’s National Day of Mourning, where Charles delivered a speech.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall pay their respects during a wreath laying ceremony at the Neue Wache memorial to mark Remembrance Day in Berlin

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall pay their respects during a wreath laying ceremony at the Neue Wache memorial to mark Remembrance Day in Berlin

Charles knelt to lay his wreath alongside the German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schaeuble, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the German Federal Council Reiner Haseloff and head judge of Germany's constitutional court Stephan Harbarth

Charles knelt to lay his wreath alongside the German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schaeuble, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the German Federal Council Reiner Haseloff and head judge of Germany’s constitutional court Stephan Harbarth

Prince Charles delivered an impassioned speech at the Bundestag for the Central Remembrance Ceremony, marking Germany's National Day of Mourning

Prince Charles delivered an impassioned speech at the Bundestag for the Central Remembrance Ceremony, marking Germany’s National Day of Mourning

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall pose for a picture next to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Buedenbender prior a meeting at the presidential Bellevue palace in Berlin

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall pose for a picture next to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Buedenbender prior a meeting at the presidential Bellevue palace in Berlin

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles were welcomed in Berlin today ahead of a remembrance ceremony to commemorate Germany's National Day of Mourning

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles were welcomed in Berlin today ahead of a remembrance ceremony to commemorate Germany’s National Day of Mourning

Charles, who celebrated his 72nd birthday yesterday, wore his military medals for the sombre occasion. The event aims to reflect the importance of British-German ties amid Brexit tensions

Charles, who celebrated his 72nd birthday yesterday, wore his military medals for the sombre occasion. The event aims to reflect the importance of British-German ties amid Brexit tensions

Prince Charles is pictured paying his respects as he stands and then kneels in the Neue Wache in front of a wreath of flowers laid on behalf of Britain's Royal Family

Prince Charles is pictured paying his respects as he stands and then kneels in the Neue Wache in front of a wreath of flowers laid on behalf of Britain's Royal Family

Prince Charles is pictured paying his respects as he stands and then kneels in the Neue Wache in front of a wreath of flowers laid on behalf of Britain’s Royal Family

The Duchess of Cornwall lays a posy of flowers by The Prince of Wales' Wreathe of Remembrance at the Neue Wache Central Memorial

The Duchess of Cornwall lays a posy of flowers by The Prince of Wales’ Wreathe of Remembrance at the Neue Wache Central Memorial

A wreath of flowers laid by Britain's Royals is pictured prior a ceremony on the national Memorial Day at the Neue Wache in Berlin. The note reads: 'In everlasting remembrance of all victims of conflict and tyranny - Charles'

A wreath of flowers laid by Britain's Royals is pictured prior a ceremony on the national Memorial Day at the Neue Wache in Berlin. The note reads: 'In everlasting remembrance of all victims of conflict and tyranny - Charles'

A wreath of flowers laid by Britain’s Royals is pictured prior a ceremony on the national Memorial Day at the Neue Wache in Berlin. The note reads: ‘In everlasting remembrance of all victims of conflict and tyranny – Charles’

The Duchess of Cornwall wore a poppy-themed face mask while visiting the Neue Wache memorial to victims of war and tyranny

The Duchess of Cornwall wore a poppy-themed face mask while visiting the Neue Wache memorial to victims of war and tyranny

The German President attended the British Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph in 2018 where he laid a wreath.

During the event, where readings were given and a minute’s silence was observed, Charles urged the world to unite and stamp out hate crimes for the sake of future generations in an impassioned speech. 

Removing his face mask, a different one to that he’d worn throughout the morning, the prince told a socially distanced congregation: ‘We must be resolute in addressing acts of unspeakable cruelty against people for reasons of their religion, their race or their beliefs, wherever they occur in the world.

‘We must stand alongside each other in determined defence of the future we owe our children and our grandchildren.’  

It’s the first time a member of the Royal Family has attended the sombre occasion and is the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s first joint official overseas visit since the pandemic began. The event aims to reflect the importance of British-German ties amid 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 shine a light on British-German relations.

It is expected that Charles will also use the speech to indicate the need for collaboration across the globe to fight Covid-19 and speak about the threat of climate change, reports the Mirror

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall look back after visiting the Neue Wache memorial to victims of war and tyranny to commemorate the national day of mourning for the victims of war and dictatorship in Berli

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall look back after visiting the Neue Wache memorial to victims of war and tyranny to commemorate the national day of mourning for the victims of war and dictatorship in Berli

The Prince of Wales looked solemn as he prepared to get up to deliver a speech for the Central Remembrance Ceremony

The Prince of Wales looked solemn as he prepared to get up to deliver a speech for the Central Remembrance Ceremony

Removing his face mask, a different one to that he'd worn throughout the morning, the prince said: 'We must be resolute in addressing acts of unspeakable cruelty against people for reasons of their religion, their race or their beliefs, wherever they occur in the world'

Removing his face mask, a different one to that he'd worn throughout the morning, the prince said: 'We must be resolute in addressing acts of unspeakable cruelty against people for reasons of their religion, their race or their beliefs, wherever they occur in the world'

Removing his face mask, a different one to that he’d worn throughout the morning, the prince said: ‘We must be resolute in addressing acts of unspeakable cruelty against people for reasons of their religion, their race or their beliefs, wherever they occur in the world’

The prince delivered his speech to a socially distanced congregation at the German parliament Bundestag to commemorate the national day of mourning

The prince delivered his speech to a socially distanced congregation at the German parliament Bundestag to commemorate the national day of mourning

Prince Charles walk into the plenary hall of the German lower house of parliament, Bundestag, for an official Remembrance Day ceremony

Camilla listened in to Charles' speech, having swapped her poppy face mask for a floral alternative

Prince Charles walk into the plenary hall of the German lower house of parliament, Bundestag, for an official Remembrance Day ceremony (left) while Camilla (right) listened in to his speech, having swapped her poppy face mask for a floral alternative

The Prince of Wales made a bit of a meal out of removing his face mask as he addressed the congregation in Germany

The Prince of Wales made a bit of a meal out of removing his face mask as he addressed the congregation in Germany

The prince is expected to have explained that the 'challenges' to our future are manifest, 'whether from this dreadful pandemic which threatens not just our public health but our prosperity and security; or from the existential threat to our planet, and our way of life, from climate change and catastrophic biodiversity loss'

The prince is expected to have explained that the 'challenges' to our future are manifest, 'whether from this dreadful pandemic which threatens not just our public health but our prosperity and security; or from the existential threat to our planet, and our way of life, from climate change and catastrophic biodiversity loss'

The prince is expected to have explained that the ‘challenges’ to our future are manifest, ‘whether from this dreadful pandemic which threatens not just our public health but our prosperity and security; or from the existential threat to our planet, and our way of life, from climate change and catastrophic biodiversity loss’

The royal couple were officially greeted by the country's president Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Budenbender at Berlin's Bellevue Palace

The royal couple were officially greeted by the country’s president Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Budenbender at Berlin’s Bellevue Palace

Wearing a purple velvet protective face covering, the Prince of Wales waves to onlookers as he leaves the Hotel Adlon in Berlin for the ceremony

Wearing a purple velvet protective face covering, the Prince of Wales waves to onlookers as he leaves the Hotel Adlon in Berlin for the ceremony

Camilla dressed all in black for the occasion and wore a face mask adorned in poppies as a tribute to the war dead

Camilla dressed all in black for the occasion and wore a face mask adorned in poppies as a tribute to the war dead

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Buedenbender at his official residence at Bellevue Palace, Berlin

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Buedenbender at his official residence at Bellevue Palace, Berlin

Prince Charles arrives for a meeting with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Bellevue Palace in Berlin

Prince Charles arrives for a meeting with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Bellevue Palace in Berlin

Charles is expected to deliver speech urging UK and Germany to 'act together' to fight the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and threat of climate change

Charles is expected to deliver speech urging UK and Germany to ‘act together’ to fight the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and threat of climate change 

The foursome, all donning face masks, posed for a socially distanced picture outside the 18th century building which is the principal official residence of the Federal President of Germany

The foursome, all donning face masks, posed for a socially distanced picture outside the 18th century building which is the principal official residence of the Federal President of Germany

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are led to sign the guest book at the presidential Bellevue palace, while President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the First Lady look on

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are led to sign the guest book at the presidential Bellevue palace, while President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the First Lady look on

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla sign the guest book before a conversation at Bellevue Palace in Berlin this morning

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla sign the guest book before a conversation at Bellevue Palace in Berlin this morning

Charles will also use his speech to indicate the need for collaboration across the globe to fight Covid-19 and speak about the threat of climate change

Charles will also use his speech to indicate the need for collaboration across the globe to fight Covid-19 and speak about the threat of climate change

Charles will also use his speech to indicate the need for collaboration across the globe to fight Covid-19 and speak about the threat of climate change

It's the first time a member of the Royal Family has attended the sombre occasion and is the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall's first joint official overseas visit since the pandemic began

It’s the first time a member of the Royal Family has attended the sombre occasion and is the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s first joint official overseas visit since the pandemic began

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and First Lady Elke Buedenbender pose on the steps of Bellevue palace with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall on Germany's National Day of Mourning that commemorates victims of war and fascism

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and First Lady Elke Buedenbender pose on the steps of Bellevue palace with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall on Germany’s National Day of Mourning that commemorates victims of war and fascism

He is expected to have explained that the ‘challenges’ to our future are manifest, ‘whether from this dreadful pandemic which threatens not just our public health but our prosperity and security; or from the existential threat to our planet, and our way of life, from climate change and catastrophic biodiversity loss.

‘These crises demand that we act together, and the partnership between the United Kingdom and Germany offers such a vital opportunity in this regard.

‘We are heavily invested in each other’s futures, such that our national interests, whilst distinct, will always be entwined.

‘As our countries begin this new chapter in our long history, let us reaffirm our bond for the years ahead.

Prince Charles and Camilla's last visit to Germany was in May 2019. The royal has travelled to the country more than 30 times since 1962, both on official visits and personal trips

Prince Charles and Camilla's last visit to Germany was in May 2019. The royal has travelled to the country more than 30 times since 1962, both on official visits and personal trips

Prince Charles and Camilla’s last visit to Germany was in May 2019. The royal has travelled to the country more than 30 times since 1962, both on official visits and personal trips

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomes Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales at his arrival at the presidential Bellevue palace in Berlin

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomes Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales at his arrival at the presidential Bellevue palace in Berlin

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and First Lady of Germany, Elke Buedenbender, arrive carrying small bunches of flowers to lay alongside the wreaths. Pictured with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Prince Charles

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and First Lady of Germany, Elke Buedenbender, arrive carrying small bunches of flowers to lay alongside the wreaths. Pictured with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Prince Charles

The Neue Wache Central Memorial in Berlin, Germany, pictured on the National Day of Mourning, where wreaths were laid in tribute to the fallen

The Neue Wache Central Memorial in Berlin, Germany, pictured on the National Day of Mourning, where wreaths were laid in tribute to the fallen

Prince Charles and German federal State President Frank-Walter Steinmeier leave after they laid a wreath at the Neue Wache memorial to victims of war and tyranny

Prince Charles and German federal State President Frank-Walter Steinmeier leave after they laid a wreath at the Neue Wache memorial to victims of war and tyranny

Charles, pictured wearing his military medals, and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier leave after they laid wreathes at the Neue Wache memorial

Charles, pictured wearing his military medals, and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier leave after they laid wreathes at the Neue Wache memorial

The royal couple, pictured ahead of the ceremony, stepped forward together and touch their wreaths in the German tradition of symbolically tidying the ribbons

The royal couple, pictured ahead of the ceremony, stepped forward together and touch their wreaths in the German tradition of symbolically tidying the ribbons

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L) and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (C) pay their respect during a wreath laying ceremony on national Memorial Day

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L) and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (C) pay their respect during a wreath laying ceremony on national Memorial Day 

Charles looked sombre as he stood and paid his respects at the ceremony to to commemorate the National Day of Mourning in Berlin

Charles looked sombre as he stood and paid his respects at the ceremony to to commemorate the National Day of Mourning in Berlin 

The event aims to reflect the importance of British-German ties amid ongoing Brexit tensions. Pictured: the German flag alongside the Union Jack and the European Union flag

The event aims to reflect the importance of British-German ties amid ongoing Brexit tensions. Pictured: the German flag alongside the Union Jack and the European Union flag

‘Let us reflect on all that we have been through together, and all that we have learned. Let us remember all victims of war, tyranny and persecution; those who laid down their lives for the freedoms we cherish, and those who struggle for these freedoms to this day.’

The German National Day of Mourning takes place every year two Sundays before advent. It began in 1919 to remember the fallen of the First World War. 

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 royal has travelled to the country more than 30 times since 1962, in both a public and private capacity. The Duchess of Cornwall made her first official visit to Germany in 2009.

The Prince of Wales is pictures arriving for the annual wreath laying ceremony, making his way to the Neue Wache memorial to mark Remembrance Day in Berlin

The Prince of Wales is pictures arriving for the annual wreath laying ceremony, making his way to the Neue Wache memorial to mark Remembrance Day in Berlin

Charles is pictured donning a black mask as he chats after leaving his car ahead of the annual wreath laying ceremony

Charles is pictured donning a black mask as he chats after leaving his car ahead of the annual wreath laying ceremony

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are seen arriving with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier for the annual wreath laying ceremony

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are seen arriving with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier for the annual wreath laying ceremony

People stand outside prior to the visit of Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to the Bellevue Palace

People stand outside prior to the visit of Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to the Bellevue Palace

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