First monarch speech in the Bundestag
What King Charles is up to in Germany
03/26/2023, 6:17 p.m
As heir to the throne, he has often been to Germany, and Charles III comes as king. next week for the first time. Together with his wife Camilla, the British monarch is on a state visit to the Federal Republic from Wednesday to Friday. It is the new British king’s first destination ahead of his coronation on May 6 – a previously planned visit to France has been postponed amid pensions protests there.
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender will receive the royal couple with military honors in front of the Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday afternoon. The two of them then sign the Federal President’s guest book in Bellevue Palace. A reception on the subject of “energy transition and sustainability” and a state banquet in honor of the monarch are also planned for the evening.
On the second day of the state visit, the couple will be welcomed by Berlin’s acting Mayor Franziska Giffey and Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday. Then Charles III. as the first monarch ever to give a speech in the Bundestag. During a visit to the Ukraine arrival center in the former Tegel airport, he also wants to meet with refugees who recently came to Germany.
On Thursday afternoon we go to Brandenburg: Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke receives Charles III. and Steinmeier at the shipping office in Finowfurt. There they meet members of the German-British Pioneer Bridge Battalion 130, who show them how to build bridges with special vehicles.
Afterwards, the monarch, who is known for his commitment to sustainability, has a visit to the organic farm Ökodorf Brodowin on the agenda. The British guest wants to find out more about ecological agriculture and wetland protection, among other things. During her husband’s stay in Brandenburg, Camilla visited the Komische Oper in Berlin together with Steinmeier’s wife Elke Büdenbender.
On the following Friday morning, the royal couple, accompanied by Steinmeier and Büdenbender, traveled by train to Hamburg, where they were received by Mayor Peter Tschentscher at Dammtor station. The couple wants to lay flowers at the Kindertransport memorial in front of the train station. The sculpture commemorates one of the most spectacular rescue operations before the outbreak of the Second World War: from December 1938 to August 1939, more than 10,000 mostly Jewish children were brought to England by train and ship.
Charles and Camilla will also lay wreaths at the St. Nikolai memorial. The church was destroyed by Allied air raids during World War II and is now dedicated to the victims of war and tyranny from 1933 to 1945. The couple then signs the Hanseatic city’s golden book in the town hall.
Then while for Charles III. a harbor tour with Hamburg entrepreneurs is also on the agenda, Camilla wants to go to a school with Büdenbender that teaches bilingually in German and English. The three-day state visit ends with a reception hosted by the British Embassy.