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Berlin-King Charles praised the historic ties between England and Germany, The face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in an address to Congress on Thursday First overseas business trip as a king.

On the second day of his three-day trip to Germany, the King delivered a 30-minute speech alternating between German and English, earning a standing ovation from parliamentarians.

While the speech did not mention Brexit or the European Union, Prince Charles’ visit was part of an effort to reset Britain’s relationship after Brexit in 2020, marking a “special move” with Germany. He said he wanted to ‘renew’ the bonds.

The 74-year-old monarch, heir to his mother, Queen Elizabeth, who died in September, said war had returned to Europe since he last addressed the German House of Commons as part of a memorial service in 2020.

“The scourge of war has returned to Europe since I last spoke in this building,” he told a packed plenum that included prime ministers, presidents and several former presidents.

“The world has watched in horror, but we are not standing by. While we abhor the scenes of horrific destruction, we can find courage in uniting to defend Ukraine, peace and freedom.” increase.”

Both Britain and Germany have shown “significant leadership”, Charles said, praising them. Berlin’s decision to provide large-scale military assistance to Ukraine as “extremely courageous, important and highly regarded”.

Charles, who has German ancestry and has visited Germany more than 40 times in personal and official capacity, met with some of the Ukrainians who have taken refuge in Germany since Russia’s invasion of neighboring countries in February 2022.

He played foosball with some refugees living in temporary housing at the former Tegel airport.

In light moments of his speech, Charles referred to both countries’ respect for each other’s cultures, such as the Beatles and Kraftwerk, and noted that German was the first language in which the works of William Shakespeare were translated.

“And perhaps most importantly, for the last 50 years, we’ve laughed at each other and each other,” he said with a laugh.

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Charles’ visit was met with mixed reactions from ordinary Germans, with some questioning the relevance of the British monarchy and others enthusiastically showing up to greet Charles.

Berlin pensioner Barbel, who declined to give his last name, said after visiting the farmer’s market early Thursday morning: “It’s a one-time thing and fun in our dark times.” Told. King Charles praises unity in Ukraine war in bilingual parliamentary address

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