Speech at State Banquet – Charles III. wants to strengthen relations with Berlin


The British King Charles III. announced Wednesday in his after-dinner speech at the state banquet at Bellevue Palace in Germany’s capital Berlin that cooperation with Germany will be expanded. Relations between the two countries are extremely important to him. “I am more convinced than ever of their lasting value to all of us,” he said.

In the time that I will be awarded as king, he will do everything he can to further strengthen our relations,” says Charles III, who arrived in Berlin in the afternoon with his wife Camilla for a three-day state visit to Germany.

As the first ever state guests, they were then welcomed with military honors in Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate by their hosts, German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender – this ceremony normally takes place in the Federal President’s official residence, Bellevue Palace.

‘British-German friendship remains strong’
Steinmeier also emphasized the strength of Anglo-German relations in his after-dinner speech that evening. “Whatever lies ahead, I know that our Anglo-German friendship will remain important and strong,” said Steinmeier. “We feel how deep our connection is, especially at this time,” he said on Wednesday, according to the text of the speech, referring to Russia’s offensive war against Ukraine.

Since then, democracies within NATO, as well as the EU and Britain have been “closer than ever” and have supported Ukraine. At the same time, the president recalled the official start of Britain’s departure from the EU following the Brexit decision exactly six years ago. Fortunately, fears of estrangement between Europe and Britain have turned out to be unfounded.

“We are looking forward under changed circumstances – and yet together,” continued Steinmeier. The ties between Germany and Great Britain are too close, and the post-1945 reconciliation is far too “costly”.

König gave part of his speech in German
Charles said in his speech, which was partly in German, that he and his wife were “deeply moved” by the warm welcome to Germany. The King flashed British wit when he pointed out that he had been to Germany more than forty times. “Of course that shows how important our relationships are to me, but also, I’m afraid, how long I’ve been at it.”

Source: Krone


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