BERLÍN.- The United Kingdom’s Prince Charles said Tuesday that he “couldn’t be more delighted” by the birth of his new grandson while on a royal tour in Germany.
He and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrived in Berlin on Tuesday afternoon as part of a four-day visit.
“We couldn’t be more delighted at the news and we’re looking forward to meeting the baby when we return,” Charles said while speaking to well-wishers in the German capital.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle announced the birth of their first child on Monday but have not yet announced the name of their newborn son.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier presented Charles with a soft toy for his new grandson during a meeting at Bellevue Palace.
The prince smiled as he accepted the fluffy cuddly bear, complete with a light blue striped bib.
After arriving in Berlin, the royal couple had a meeting with the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel.
They are due to attend The Queen’s Birthday Party, an annual event hosted by the British Ambassador at his residence in Berlin.
They are also due to visit the cities of Leipzig and Munich during their trip.
The royal visit to Germany was requested by the British Government to demonstrate “the depth and breadth of the UK–Germany bilateral relationship and its enduring importance to both countries,” Clarence House said in a statement.
Charles has visited Germany several times before, both publicly and privately, while Camilla accompanied him on an official visit in 2009.
On Wednesday they will arrive in Leipzig to explore the city’s cultural heritage and learn about the role the people of Leipzig played in the ‘Peaceful Revolution’ that helped bring about an end to the division of Germany in 1989.
The royals will spend Thursday and Friday in Munich, where they will carry out a series of engagements.
In the evening they will attend a dinner hosted by the Bavarian Minister President, Dr Markus Soeder at the historic Residenz in Munich.
The event will be attended by key figures from politics, business, culture, science and education.
The visit will finish with a celebration of local produce at an organic farm, which was established to preserve traditional agriculture and crafts.