The King’s and Queen’s consort have arrived in Hamburg to offer ‘auf wiedersehen’ to Germany after a warmly received first state visit.
The couple left Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof Station to catch a fast train to the port city of Hamburg, accompanied by President Steinmeier and his wife.
Her Majesty, 74, wore a blue Anna Valentine dress and coat on which she pinned Queen Victoria’s diamond and sapphire brooch as a sweet nod to their hosts. It was presented to Queen Victoria in 1840 by her German-born husband, Prince Albert, on the night before their wedding.
Meanwhile, the king looked smart in a crisp navy blue suit with a white shirt and lilac printed tie, while the queen consort looked elegant in a navy blue coat dress.
On the way to Hamburg, the red carpet was rolled out at Berlin station as Their Majesties met senior railway officials Germany before boarding the train.
The King and Queen’s consort arrived at Berlin-Hauptbanhof train station this morning and were greeted by railway officials as they prepared to board the train to Hamburg on their final day of their German tour
Camilla looked elegant in her navy blue outfit and proudly displayed the brooch in tribute to German-born Prince Albert.
Albert had secretly ordered the jewel from Garrards as a gift for his bride-to-be.
Victoria was so pleased with the gift that she wrote in her diary that her adored husband gave her “a beautiful brooch, a great sapphire studded with diamonds, which is really very beautiful.”
She often wore the gift, which consists of a large center sapphire surrounded by 12 brilliant diamonds set in gold.
She even labeled it an heirloom of the Crown, meaning it has been passed down through every queen and consort since.
At Berlin’s Hauptbanhof, royal fans were pictured waiting in the rain wearing waterproof ponchos to catch a glimpse of the King and Queen Consort, holding Union Jack flags.
As the royals arrived at the station and the red carpet was rolled out, heavily armed police officers in khaki safety vests were seen on the lookout in the area.
When they arrive in Hamburg, the King and Queen’s consort will disembark at Dammtor station and visit the Kindertransport Memorial.
The visit marks the 85th anniversary of the first Kindertransporte, where the toy pair will hear from the British Honorary Consul, a second-generation survivor, and the chairman of the Kindertransporte Organization Germany, about the remarkable 1938 UK-led rescue mission to rescue 10,000 children by granting them access to the UK
Her Majesty will place a white rose at the memorial to commemorate the rescue mission before heading to St. Nikolai Memorial Church.
During the day, the royal couple is guided through the city by the First Mayor of Hamburg and his wife.
When they arrive at the church, the King’s and Queen’s consort listen to a choir of boys, before His Majesty will place a wreath on the steps of the church and Camilla will place a flower on each wreath.
After their visit to the church, the members of the royal house go to Hamburg’s town hall and sign the Golden Book in the Imperial Hall.
Their Majesties looked at ease as they sat on the train ready to depart Berlin for Hamburg
The king caught the camera’s attention as he boarded the train at Berlin’s main station and prepared to take his seat
King Charles boarded a train to Hamburg after two days of engagement in Berlin during his royal tour
The King seemed to be joking as he got ready to board the train to Hamburg for a busy day of engagements
The King and Queen’s consort smiled as they greeted senior railway officials on arrival at Berlin’s main railway station
King Charles was looking smart in a crisp dark blue suit and lilac tie when he arrived at the train station this morning
Worshiping crowds could be seen behind the barriers opposite the station as the king stepped out of the car
In an engagement that will no doubt please the King, who is passionate about climate conservation, Their Majesties will take a boat trip later in the afternoon to an electrolyser site that generates renewable energy.
Later in the day they visit a school before attending a finals reception and return to the UK tonight.
The trip to Hamburg marks the third day of King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla’s first official trip abroad since the king took the throne.
It comes a week later than expected after the King’s visit to France was postponed last week due to civil unrest in Paris in response to President Macron’s pension reforms.
Upon arriving in Berlin on Wednesday, Their Majesties took part in a walk at the Brandenburg Gate, where the king had a hilarious encounter with an adoring fan.
A man wearing a cardboard crown from the fast food chain Burger King affectionately presented the monarch with the disposable headgear and told him: ‘This is for you, if you want it.’
Charles smiled broadly and said, “I’m fine!” Of course he has some real ones in the house. He also grinned and refused another crown from a woman who said, “I have a present for you.”
Security at the train station was tight, as armed police were on the lookout when the king arrived
A police officer, armed and wearing protective gear, watched with binoculars as a sign of a heavy police presence
Adoring royal fans waited in the rain to catch a glimpse of the king, carrying flowers and a Union Jack flag with his portrait on it
The king was also seen bending down to pick up a man’s cap before returning it, with the grateful benefactor thanking and bowing to him.
Charles and Camilla – who posed for selfies with fans – were formally greeted at the Brandenburg Gate by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Budenbender before the national anthems were played.
As a sign of the importance placed on the visit, the couple received the first full ceremonial and military welcome to the memorial since World War II. Not even Queen Elizabeth II, who also visited Berlin in 2015 for her last ever state visit abroad, was given that honour.
While at the Brandenburg Gate, the king expressed his sorrow at the postponement of his trip to Paris.
That evening, Their Majesties attended a glitzy state banquet held in their honor at Schloss Bellevue, where the King spoke of the shared values of the UK and Germany and the close ties between the nations.
Camilla, 75, was the prom beauty in a striking black evening dress with silver embroidery by Bruce Oldfield and donned the honeycomb Boucheron diamond tiara, a favorite of the late Queen Mother that was also worn by Queen Elizabeth.
They dined on marinated carp and watercress, chicken and mushrooms with a blackberry malt reduction, and a dessert of prunes and black tea, washed down with three different wines or non-alcoholic cocktails.
Speaking to the guests, the King said: ‘Remarkably, I realize that I have been to Germany more than forty times – a measure of the importance of this relationship, of course, but also, I fear, for how long I have been around!
‘I also fondly think back to the time when my wife and I sampled Bavarian sausage at a farmers’ market in Munich, found ourselves drinking beer and walking around the Hofbräuhaus! I can understand why Saint Boniface, an English monk known for his preaching in Germany, is also a patron saint of brewers!’
He continued, “All these years, and in so many ways, I have been struck by the warmth of the friendship between our nations and by the vitality of our partnership in so many areas.
“It was, Mr President, a friendship very important to my mother, the late Queen, who cared deeply for the bond between our two countries.