Britain’s Prince Charles said on Sunday that ties between his country and Germany “will remain strong” as he travels to Berlin amid increasingly tense Brexit negotiations.
“We will always be friends, partners and associates,” said the heir to the British throne as he visited the German capital with his wife Camilla to mark National Memorial Day, an annual tribute to the victims of war.
“The fundamental bond between us will remain strong,” he said in a speech to the lower house of Parliament from the Bundestag, describing Brexit as “a new chapter in our long history”.
Britain, which left the EU in January, is negotiating a trade deal to govern the relationship after December 31, when it will stop complying with EU rules.
Discussions over the next few days are seen as crucial to any deal before the time runs out at the end of the year, when the post-Brexit transition period ends.
During their first joint visit abroad since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Charles and Camilla had already been greeted by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Bellevue Palace in Berlin.
Charles then laid a wreath in memory of the victims of war and oppression at the Neue Wache Memorial alongside Steinmeier, Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and other dignitaries.
The British royal family has visited European countries several times since the country voted to leave the EU in 2016.
During a visit to Germany in 2017, Prince William said that Germany and Britain “proudly share the same values” and that their relations “will continue despite the recent British decision to leave the European Union” .
Charles and Camilla last visited Germany, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, in May 2019.
Germany’s National Day of Mourning was introduced in 1919 to commemorate the victims of World War I.
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