The King and Queen land in Berlin
Good evening. The King and Queen Consort have arrived in Berlin for the first state visit of their reign. We have the latest, as Britain is poised to join an Indo-Pacific trade deal in a major Brexit victory.
King and Queen receive ceremonial welcome in Berlin
The royal couple were greeted at Berlin-Brandenburg airport with a 21-gun salute and a flypast. Our Royal Editor Victoria Ward reports that they then travelled to Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate – a national symbol of peace and unity – where they were welcomed by Germany’s president Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife, Elke Budenbender.
The King and president inspected a guard of honour, before they all conducted a brief walkabout, meeting wellwishers who had gathered in central Berlin to welcome the couple. You can view a gallery of pictures from the royal visit here.
And in a new episode of Royal Insight, Camilla Tominey explains why King Charles prioritised France and Germany over the Commonwealth for his first state visit.
Charles wears indigenous bracelet in first portrait
In more royal news, the King has been depicted wearing an indigenous bracelet in the first portrait to be released since the start of his reign.
The portrait in oils was completed by artist Alastair Barford in just two weeks after he studied him at work at a Buckingham Palace reception in aid of biodiversity in February.
The monarch was presented with a bracelet during the event by the Amazon indigenous leader, Domingo Peas. Mr Barford included it in his portrait to add context and authenticity, as a symbol of the King’s advocacy on climate change and sustainability.
Queen ‘deeply saddened’ by death of Paul O’Grady
Buckingham Palace said that the Queen Consort was “deeply saddened” by the death of the TV presenter and comedian Paul O’Grady.
The TV star, also known for his drag queen persona Lily Savage, died “unexpectedly but peacefully” on Tuesday at the age of 67, his husband Andre Portasio revealed.
The Palace has since paid tribute to O’Grady, posting an image of Camilla with the star. You can read O’Grady’s Telegraph obituary here.
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Today’s Matt cartoon
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