- Royal couple are in Florence as part of the ‘post-Brexit charm offensive’
- They posed for photographs in front of the historic Ponte Vecchio bridge
- Prince Charles was embraced by local boy Valentine Blacker in Bucharest
- Enjoyed a walking tour of the Old Town, home to Vlad the Impaler
- The trip has been seen as a ‘bridge-building exercise’ in light of Brexit
Prince Charles was reunited with his wife Camilla today when he touched down in Italy as part of the Royal Family’s ‘post-Brexit charm offensive’.
The royal couple appeared relaxed and friendly as they posed for photographs in Florence.
Earlier this afternoon the Prince of Wales was greeted by British Culture Secretary Karen Bradley at Pisa airport, where he had arrived on a private jet from Romania.
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Prince Charles and Camilla posed for photos in front of the historic Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence on Friday evening
The royal couple pictured on the Bridge of Santa Trinitia in the downtown area of the city
Charles and Camilla will be in Italy for four days
He then went on to Florence where he met the Duchess of Cornwall before they were pictured together in front of the world famous Ponte Vecchio bridge.
The royal couple attended a reception this evening to mark the centenary of the British Institute in Florence.
They will be in Italy for four days during which time Charles will receive a Renaissance Man of the Year award before meeting Pope Francis II in the Vatican.
The Prince spent the first leg of the tour in Romania and was in Bucharest before flying to Italy.
The couple will meet Pope Francis II while on the tour
The Prince shook hands with onlookers before posing for photographs
After spending the day in Bucharest Charles hopped on a private jet and touched down in Pisa where he was to go on to Florence to meet Camilla
He was greeted with a royal welcome towards the end of a long day of meeting members of the public
Charles was met at Pisa International Airport by Hon Karen Bradley MP, pictured in red, the UK Seceratry of State for Culture, Media and Sport
During his time there the heir to the throne was noted for his affectionate greetings.
Yesterday he was seen greeting Crown Princess Margareta with a tender kiss on the hand.
And this morning the royal, 68, shared a caring embrace with a local schoolboy during his walking tour of Bucharest.
Camilla meets Italian children who are learning English at the British Institute in Florence
Prince Charles at the British Institute on Friday evening
Charles and Camilla, watched by Florence’s Mayor Dario Nardella, unveil a commemorative plaque for the 100th anniversary of the British Institute of Florence
The couple inaugurating the exhibition of Lorenzo Perrone during their visit
Valentine Blacker, 11, son of British-born William Blacker who is a local conservationist, was clearly unfamiliar with royal protocol and could be seen throwing his arms around the prince.
However, a friendly Charles didn’t appear bothered in the slightest pictured grinning from ear to ear during his meeting with Valentine.
William who joined Charles for part of his tour, said later with a laugh: ‘He loves my son’, and Valentin added: ‘It’s not the first time he’s hugged me.’
Prince Charles was embraced by a local school boy during a walking tour of Bucharest on this third day of his European tour
Valentine Blacker, son of William Blacker who is a local conservationist, approached the royal in the street before breaking royal protocol to embrace the prince
Charles did not seem offended in the slighted by the hug and warmly embraced the young boy
Friday marks the third day of the royal’s tour of Europe today seeing him visit the site in Bucharest from where the infamous Vlad the Impaler ruled his citizens.
During his tour Charles visited the ruined area in the Romanian capital’s old town that was home to the 15th century ruler and is now part of a museum complex.
The bloodthirsty nobleman is said to be the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula and is a distant forebear of the heir to the throne.
Charles also met with religious leaders as he visits Stavropoleos Church who had gathered in the courtyard to welcome the royal
It seems that young Valentine could be the royal’s biggest fan, as after a quick costume change he sought Charles out once more at the church more who was happy to give him another hug
Unlike Valentine members of the church stuck to royal protocol offering Charles a simple neck bow when greeting him
One member of the church could be seen snapping a souvenir photo of the royal upon his arrival today
Charles also met with religious leaders during a visit to the Stavropoleos Church, who had gathered in the courtyard to welcome the royal.
It seems that young Valentine could be the royal’s biggest fan as after a quick costume change he sought Charles out once more at the church more who was happy to give him another hug.
Later the Prince visited the National Theatre of Romania, where he toured a workshop where he met young stage designers who are part of the institution’s apprenticeship programme.
Earlier the Prince had visited the National Theatre of Romania where he was treated to a dramatic performance
Charles met young stage designers backstage who are part of the institution’s apprenticeship programme
The Prince of Wales was accompanied by officials for his walking tour of the Romanian town
As he made his way around the Old Town he was treated to a commentary of his surroundings
The royal was also treated to a dramatic performance from members of the theatre during his visit.
Charles showed off his caring nature later in the day when he visited the Hospices of Hope.
The UK charity which is working to improve the care and quality of life for terminally ill patients and their families in Romania and surrounding countries.
Charles showed off his caring nature later in the day when he visited the Hospices of Hope
The heir to the throne could be seen holding the hand of a young girl in the hospice during his visit
The royal seemed to be in high spirits as he chatted with the children at the hospice
The heir to the throne could be seen holding the hand of a young girl in the hospice during his visit.
Charles appeared to be in high spirits and could be seen laughing and joking with the children who were busy showing him their toys.
The royal was given the honour of cutting a cake to celebrate the charity’s 25th anniversary – and the cheeky prince could even be seen sneaking a taste.
Before departing Romania Charles paid a visit to the village of Vizuresti where he was greeted by young girls in traditional costume
Prince Charles watches girls in a handy craft classroom during a tour of the Roma village
One sweet girl gave her creation from her class as a gift to the royal who seemed touched by the gesture
Before departing Romania Charles paid a visit to the village of Vizuresti where he was greeted by young girls in traditional costume.
The girls offered Charles some bread and salt which he gratefully received after his busy day on Friday.
Charles also took a quick tour of a school where he witnessed a craft class where one sweet girl gave her creation to the royal as a gift.
Charles was given the honour of cutting a cake that was baked to celebrate the charity’s 25th anniversary this year
After cutting the cake cheeky Charles could be seen sneaking a taste of the icing
Charles visited the site in Bucharest from where the infamous Vlad the Impaler ruled his citizens and admired a commemorative statue
The royal seemed completely enthralled with the tour, pausing to ask questions about local landmarks
During his tour Charles visited the ruined area in the Romanian capital’s old town that was home to Vlad the Impaler and is now part of a museum complex
PRINCE CHARLES’ LOVE FOR ROMANIA
Charles during his first visit to Romania in 1998
Charles first came to the country in 1998 on an official visit – the only time he’s visited on business.
He fell so much under the spell of the place that he bought a house in one of the wooden villages, then acquired another property which he’s turned into a comfortable lodge.
He makes a private visit for a few days every year if he can, preferably in May when the wild flowers are out, and both houses can be rented when Charles isn’t there.
He’s been so inspired he’s now planted a Transylvanian Meadow at Highgrove, his Gloucestershire home, using a wild flower seed mix mostly gathered from the hay meadows at one of his properties.
Describing the rural nature of the country Charles says, ‘It’s the timelessness which is so important.’
The landscape is ‘almost out of some of these stories you used to read as a child. People are yearning for that sense of identity and belonging and meaning.’
In Transylvania the Prince usually begins by visiting some of the environmental and rural development causes that he supports. He’ll then spend a day or two relaxing in the quiet and beauty of the countryside. Walking is key for him – but the walks are accompanied by a bevy of botanists who can help inform and develop his ideas.
In this hospitable country, villagers do what they can to make the Prince welcome. During a visit in 2013 last visit a surprise was achieved by smuggling 120 children in traditional dress through the back door of a barn while the Prince was sipping an aperitif on the other side.
Yesterday, Charles was welcomed by Crown Princess Margareta of Romania for afternoon tea.
She and her husband Prince Radu, a former actor, hosted Charles for tea this afternoon at the Elisabeta Palace.
Earlier in the day, the Prince of Wales was given the warmest of welcomes when he visited an orphanage.
Yesterday Prince Charles greeted Crown Princess Margareta of Romania with a tender kiss on the hand as they met for afternoon tea
The royals headed inside for a spot of afternoon tea at the glamorous venue in Bucharest following a busy day of engagements for the prince on the second day of his ‘Brexit tour’
Charles, 68, was visiting the FARA Foundation in Popesti Leordeni, just outside of Bucharest on the second day of his nine day European tour, when Amalia Paduraru and her sister Antonia ran up to embrace him – with one even planting a kiss on his cheek.
The royal touched down in Romania on Wednesday where he met the country’s President, Klaus Iohannis, at a formal reception at Cotroceni Palace.
He also joined women and girls dressed in embroidered peasant blouses in a traditional jig known as ‘hora’, and watched craftsmen painting eggs and religious icons on stone and wood.
The royals continue their ‘Brexit charm offensive’
The trip has been seen by some as a bridge building visit to strengthen ties with the continent in the light of Brexit.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Paris two weeks ago
By the end of the year the royal family, dubbed the unofficial ‘Brexit Ambassadors’, will have visited the majority of the EU’s major member states – France, Germany, Italy and Poland – with the King of Spain also coming to the UK for a state visit.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said of the tour: ‘Royal visits play a very important role in the United Kingdom’s bilateral diplomacy.
‘The Royal Family are excellent and experienced ambassadors for the United Kingdom. Whilst every royal visit is unique, each visit is designed to support foreign policy objectives and promote closer ties across a range of areas, for example cultural, economic or political, between the UK and the host country.’
Charles is set to spend a further six days away with the tour will also include visits to Austria.
Highlights from Charles and Camilla’s trip include a visit to Amatrice, where the Prince will meet survivors of last summer’s earthquake and the Duchess will tour the world famous Roman town of Herculaneum.
Charles has visited Italy many times and also has a close connection with Romania, as he has a country retreat in the remote village of Valea Zalanului in the region of Transylvania.
The pair will fly around the continent in the converted RAF A330 Voyager refuelling aircraft which was used by David Cameron when he was in office.
On Thursday Charles was given a warm welcome by two local girls as she arrives at the FARA Foundation in Popesti Leordeni, near Bucharest, on the second day of his ‘Brexit tour’ of Europe
The royal, who is patron of FARA, he will meet young people and children housed by the charity, as well as key supporters and young adults that graduated from FARA programme
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