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Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall arrive in Italy

The Prince of Wales is continuing his royal tour of Europe, and has arrived in Italy. His Royal Highness was joined by The Duchess of Cornwall in Florence after carrying out ceremonial duties in other parts of Italy.

On arrival at Pisa Airport, His Royal Highness was greeted by the British Culture Secretary, Karen Bradley MP.

The Prince visited the British military cemetery of Montecchio Precalcino, in Vicenza, where he laid a wreath of poppies in remembrance of the dead.

When The Prince had finished his solo duties, he was reunited with his wife in Florence. Their Royal Highnesses were greeted Ms. Illaria Borletti Buitoni, The Italian Undersecretary for Culture, and Mr Dario Nardella, The Mayor of Florence. The royal couple were photographed in front of the world famous Ponte Vecchio bridge.

Their Royal Highnesses will stay in Italy for four days on their tour and Prince Charles will receive a Renaissance Man of the Year award. Yesterday, the royal couple attended a reception to mark the centenary of the British Institute in Florence.

The trip to Italy will include a visit to Amatrice, where The Prince will meet with survivors of last summer’s earthquake. The Duchess is expected to tour the world-famous Roman town of Herculaneum.

The Prince of Wales’ tour will continue next week, with the heir to the throne visiting Austria and the Holy See. The royals will travel the continent in a converted RAF A330 Voyager aircraft which was used by David Cameron when he was Prime Minister.

By the end of the year The Royal Family will have visited the majority of the EU’s major member states – France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Romania and Poland- as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, commenting on The Prince of Wales’ tour said “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.”

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