Moment Prince Charles thrills audience by speaking in German
Ich bin ein grandfather! Moment Prince Charles thrills German audience members as he reveals his joy at welcoming Harry and Meghan’s new baby in their native tongue
- Prince Charles thrilled audiences in Berlin when he spoke German in speech
- Heir to the throne welcomed new grandson in their native tongue yesterday
- Charles made reference to the newborn on first day of tour of Germany
- He also spoke of the bond between Britain and Germany in nod to Brexit
Prince Charles thrilled audiences in Berlin when he spoke German to reveal his joy at becoming a grandfather for the fourth time.
The heir to the throne delivered a speech at the British Ambassador’s residence in the country’s capital, speaking part of the address in their native tongue.
Charles made reference to his new grandson as he spoke of how he hopes the bond between Britain and Germany will remain close in a clear nod to Britain’s departure from the EU.
Today Prince Harry and Meghan unveiled their son to the world, and revealed his name: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The heir to the throne delivered a speech at the British Ambassador’s residence in the country’s capital, speaking part of the address in their native tongue
Charles (speaking next to Camilla and the British Ambassador to Germany Sir Sebastian Wood) made reference to his new grandson as he spoke of how he hopes the bond between Britain and Germany will remain close in a clear nod to Britain’s departure from the EU
Addressing a crowd at an event at the British Ambassador’s residence to celebrate the Queen’s birthday yesterday, Charles said in German: ‘It is also a particular pleasure to be back in Berlin once again – especially as the grandfather of a brand new grandson.’
Also in German he added: ‘Today, we are much more than just neighbours. We are friends and natural partners.
‘Entwined by mutual experiences, mutual interests and mutual values and our futures are deeply entwined.’
Prince Charles is not fluent in German, although his father, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, is proficient in the language.
Little Archie Harrison (pictured) made his very first public appearance at a photocall alongside a thrilled Prince Harry and Meghan in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where the new family have been holed up since the historic birth on Monday
The world has been given its first ever glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s newborn son today as his beaming parents finally showed off their ‘own little bundle of joy’ to millions of royal fans across the globe
Charles is also believed to be able to speak a little Welsh, and Gaelic.
Today it was revealed the new royal baby will not have a royal title like his cousins, the Cambridge’s children, but will be known simply as Master Archie.
The two-day-old infant was lovingly cradled by his adoring father and watched attentively by Meghan, who was herself pictured for the first time in six weeks since withdrawing from public life ahead of the birth.
The prince’s speech yesterday came on the first day of a four day tour of the country with his wife Camilla, who were in Berlin yesterday and travelled to Leipzig today.
Camilla was also given a huge teddy bear to give to the new royal baby, which bore a white t-shirt which said ‘Baby Sussex’ in the middle of a number of hearts
Prince Charles meets royal fans who had turned out in Leipzig to greet them on the second day of their royal tour of Germany
The couple had arrived in the German city just before Prince Harry and Meghan unveiled their son to the world, and the huge crowds that turned out to greet them were keen to pass on their congratulations
They have been met by hundreds of well-wishers who congratulated on the arrival of their new grandson, and offered them gifts for the newborn.
Speaking yesterday Charles added: ‘The people of Britain have enjoyed the most profound connections with the people of Germany, and indeed the wider European continent, for thousands of years.
‘We have long been fascinated by each other – admiring of each other’s literature and music, inspired by each other’s ideas, and dependent upon each other’s economies for the trade that enhances our shared prosperity.’
He continued: ‘Every year, two million British people visit Germany and three million Germans visit the UK. Over two hundred thousand of our citizens live in each other’s countries.
Yesterday Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornall visited the Brandenburg Gate where they were met by hundreds of wellwishers
They were then greeted by hundreds of wellwishers at the Brandenburg Gate. One woman from Belgium said to the prince: ‘Congratulations on the new baby’
‘Our economies are so vitally interconnected, with mutual trade between our countries worth 150 billion euros a year.
‘Indeed, this year the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany celebrates its centenary, which is a symbol of the enduring nature of the economic relationship between us.’
Addressing the importance of an enduring relationship between the UK and Germany, Charles said: ‘It is a relationship in transition.
‘But whatever the shape of our future relationship, and whatever is negotiated and agreed between governments and institutions, it is more clear to me than it has ever been, that the bonds between us will, and must, endure – and that our young people, and future generations, will have as much cause to cherish those bonds as our generation has had.
The heir to the throne and Camilla arrived at Berlin Tegel Airport yesterday where they were greeted by a Guard of Honour
‘I can only say, for my own part, that my commitment to the relationship between Britain and Germany is both heartfelt and steadfast.’
The prince added: ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, our countries and our people have been through so much together. As we look towards the future, I can only hope that we can also pledge to redouble our commitment to each other and to the ties between us.’
While visiting the Brandenburg Gate, Charles replied to one comment of ‘Congratulations on the new grandchild’, by quipping: ‘Thank you, I’m collecting a rather large number of them’.
The duchess meanwhile was given a onesie decorated with German art as well as a balloon with the words ‘It’s a boy’ written on it.
Camilla said: ‘As soon as we return I will deliver it to them, direct from Germany. I’m sure they will be thrilled.’
And today, as they visited Leipzig, a royal well-wisher showed the Duchess of Cornwall the first official photo of the royal baby on a mobile phone.
She smiled and said: ‘Thank you for showing this to me.’
Camilla was also given a huge teddy bear to give to the new royal baby, which bore a white t-shirt which said ‘Baby Sussex’ in the middle of a number of hearts.
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