On Wednesday, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall started the last leg of their nine-day European royal tour; they left Rome for Vienna, Austria’s capital. This royal tour has been considered a charm offensive pre-Brexit. In Vienna, the red carpet was rolled out for them as dignitaries, a guard of honour consisting of soldiers from the Primo Rataglione Granatieri di Sardegna, played a fanfare greeted their arrival at the International Airport
In the Holy See, they met His Holiness Pope Francis and then President Sergio Mattarella at the presidential palace. Before Rome, they spent time in Florence. You can read about the Duchess’ visit to a former mafia boss’ villa last weekend.
After landing in Austria, the royals paid a visit to the famous pastry and chocolaterie Cafe Demel. They observed a cake-making display and the Duchess watched a wedding cake being made. Later during their visit, they will tour the Wiener Musikverein and sit in on a rehearsal by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. They will also view original manuscripts by composers including Mozart and Brahms.
Charles and Camilla were guests of honour for a State Banquet at the Hofburg Palace on Wednesday evening. The banquet in Vienna was hosted by Federal President of the Republic of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen and First Lady Doris Schmidauer. The first couple greeted the royals when they arrived at Hofburg Palace. The banquet was attended by 100 well-healed guests from several sectors of society; from fashion to enviromnemtal activists to sustainability campaigners.
Fashion designer, Dame Vivienne Westwood was one such guest. She told the Daily Mail about seeing the Prince and the banquet: ‘I’ve met Prince Charles several times because I’m an activist for the environment and he’s a big worker for the good of the environment. I’ve come especially because I’m a friend of Prince Charles and especially it’s wonderful we’ve got this green (Austrian) president it will make a difference – it might save the world.”
They dined on traditional Austrian fare like the boiled beef dish tafelspitz which is a classic meal. They were served a fish course and for dessert, they had apricot strudel. The Prince and First Lady gave a toast and the President and Duchess followed suit.