At the request of The British Government, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will attend The Central Remembrance Ceremony in Berlin to commemorate the annual National Day of Mourning on Sunday 15th November. This follows an invitation from the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, (Patron of the War Graves Commission). Their Royal Highnesses will also attend the wreath-laying ceremony at the Neue Wache Memorial, before joining the Central Remembrance Ceremony at the German parliament, where The Prince of Wales will deliver a speech.
The National Day of Mourning will this year focus on the German-British friendship, which has grown in the 75years since the end of the Second World War. The event pays tribute to the Allied commitment to the liberation from Nazi occupation and to the reconstruction, re-democratisation and subsequent reunification of Germany. It remembers all victims of war and tyranny.
NOTES TO EDITORS
- This is the first time that a member of the Royal Family has attended The Central Remembrance Ceremony in Germany.
- The President attended the British Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph in 2018 where he laid a wreath.
- The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall last visited Germany in May 2019;
- The Prince of Wales has visited Germany over thirty times in both a public and private capacity;
- The Prince of Wales first visited Germany in 1962;
- The Duchess of Cornwall made her first official visit to Germany in 2009.