Charles and Camilla reveal excitement for Harry and Meghan’s wedding

0
66

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were guests of honour at a sumptuous banquet in Athens on Wednesday night.

The royal couple were flanked by women in traditional Greek dress as they posed for photos with president Prokopios Pavlopoulos and his wife Vlassia on the steps of a reception room at the presidential mansion.

Charles, 69, and Camilla, 70, arrived in the city this afternoon on the next leg of their five-day royal tour of France and Greece.  

The couple paid their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier before going their separate ways, with Charles meeting the country’s Left-wing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, while Camilla visited the Benkai Museum with his partner, Betty Baziana. 

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were greeted by women in traditional Greek dress as they arrived for a banquet at the presidential mansion, hosted by the President of Greece Prokopios Pavlopoulos and his wife Vlassia, pictured centre with the royal couple

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were greeted by women in traditional Greek dress as they arrived for a banquet at the presidential mansion, hosted by the President of Greece Prokopios Pavlopoulos and his wife Vlassia, pictured centre with the royal couple

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were greeted by women in traditional Greek dress as they arrived for a banquet at the presidential mansion, hosted by the President of Greece Prokopios Pavlopoulos and his wife Vlassia, pictured centre with the royal couple

Camilla looked elegant in a floor-length white gown for the occasion on Wednesday night 

Camilla looked elegant in a floor-length white gown for the occasion on Wednesday night 

Camilla looked elegant in a floor-length white gown for the occasion on Wednesday night 

This morning the pair delighted royal watchers when they described next week’s royal wedding as ‘marvellous’ and ‘special’. 

Asked about his son Prince Harry‘s forthcoming nuptials to Meghan Markle at a flower market in Nice this morning, the heir to the throne said: ‘Obviously marvellous. I’m sure it will be a very special day for everybody. ‘

Asked how it had been getting to know Meghan, the Duchess of Cornwall smiled enthusiastically and said: ‘It’s very nice. It’s all very exciting. Can’t wait. ‘

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Athens today as they continued their five-day royal tour of France and Greece. They first paid their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, pictured, before carrying out a busy day of royal engagements 

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Athens today as they continued their five-day royal tour of France and Greece. They first paid their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, pictured, before carrying out a busy day of royal engagements 

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Athens today as they continued their five-day royal tour of France and Greece. They first paid their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, pictured, before carrying out a busy day of royal engagements 

The royal couple were received by President of Greece Prokopios Pavlopoulos and his wife, Vlassia Pavlopoulou-Peltsemi at the Presidential Mansion in Athens

The royal couple were received by President of Greece Prokopios Pavlopoulos and his wife, Vlassia Pavlopoulou-Peltsemi at the Presidential Mansion in Athens

The royal couple were received by President of Greece Prokopios Pavlopoulos and his wife, Vlassia Pavlopoulou-Peltsemi at the Presidential Mansion in Athens

The royal couple looked in good spirits as they chatted to the president and his wife today

The royal couple looked in good spirits as they chatted to the president and his wife today

The royal couple looked in good spirits as they chatted to the president and his wife today

She also described her feelings at having a baby and a wedding in the family in one year, saying: ‘Quite a lot. And more to go too. A few more babies to go, Zara has got a baby coming. ‘   

As they toured the flower market, Charles, 69, and Camilla, 70, also told two American tourists of the ‘great girl’ that Harry is about to marry.

Charles and Camilla spoke to Chicago residents Keith Kohls and his wife, Lara, along with daughter Cassidy.  

Camilla was joined by Betty Baziana, the partner of the Greek Prime Minister, during a visit to the Benaki Museum

Camilla was joined by Betty Baziana, the partner of the Greek Prime Minister, during a visit to the Benaki Museum

Camilla was joined by Betty Baziana, the partner of the Greek Prime Minister, during a visit to the Benaki Museum

 The pair both opted for stylish white frocks for the engagement in Athens today 

 The pair both opted for stylish white frocks for the engagement in Athens today 

 The pair both opted for stylish white frocks for the engagement in Athens today 

The Duchess teamed her chic shift dress with a pearl choker and matching earrings 

The Duchess teamed her chic shift dress with a pearl choker and matching earrings 

The Duchess teamed her chic shift dress with a pearl choker and matching earrings 

Camilla looked relaxed as she chatted away to the partner of the Greek Prime Minister 

Camilla looked relaxed as she chatted away to the partner of the Greek Prime Minister 

Camilla looked relaxed as she chatted away to the partner of the Greek Prime Minister 

Camilla and Betty were given a tour of the Benaki Museum as part of the royal visit today 

Camilla and Betty were given a tour of the Benaki Museum as part of the royal visit today 

Camilla and Betty were given a tour of the Benaki Museum as part of the royal visit today 

Lara said: ‘I just wished them both you know congratulations and good luck and that we’re from Chicago and Harry’s gonna be getting a really beautiful bride and they’re gonna be getting a wonderful daughter in law.

‘He said ‘thank you very much and we’re very excited. And Camilla said ‘oh that’s really sweet of you.” 

She added: ‘They did describe her as ‘a great girl’ and they’re very excited, looking forward to the wedding.’ 

Prince Charles shook hands with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ahead of their meeting 

Prince Charles shook hands with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ahead of their meeting 

Prince Charles shook hands with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ahead of their meeting 

Charles was seen in deep conversation with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during their meeting 

Charles was seen in deep conversation with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during their meeting 

Charles was seen in deep conversation with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during their meeting 

Charles and Camilla were also welcomed by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and his wife Vlassia Pavlopoulou at the Presidential Palace

Charles and Camilla were also welcomed by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and his wife Vlassia Pavlopoulou at the Presidential Palace

Charles and Camilla were also welcomed by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and his wife Vlassia Pavlopoulou at the Presidential Palace

Charles and Camilla were on their last engagement of a three day official tour to France on behalf of the British Government and are flying onto Athens later.

The royals looked in high spirits as they sniffed a rose while touring the market in the south of France. 

The pair were greeted by crowds of well-wishers as they arrived at the flower market this morning.

The couple's first stop in Athens was the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where they paid their respects

The couple's first stop in Athens was the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where they paid their respects

The couple’s first stop in Athens was the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where they paid their respects

The pair spent a moment in silence as they remembered those who lost their lives

The pair spent a moment in silence as they remembered those who lost their lives

The pair spent a moment in silence as they remembered those who lost their lives

Charles looked solemn as he paid his respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, pictured

Charles looked solemn as he paid his respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, pictured

Charles looked solemn as he paid his respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, pictured

Camilla was appropriately dressed in a green floral dress by Anna Valentine and a cream scarf as she met with stall holders.

The Duchess was also seen doting over a cute baby as she met with well-wishers waiting to get a glimpse of the couple.  

As well as admiring the flowers on offer, the pair also paid a visit to a fruit and vegetable stall and a stall selling socca – a Nice speciality made from chickpea flour and olive oil. 

Later in the day, Charles and Camilla arrived in Athens for the second leg of their tour of France and Greece.

The couple were officially greeted in bright sunshine by the government of the Hellenic Republic of Greece by Kate Smith, the Queen’s ambassador to the country.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have revealed their excitement about Harry and Meghan's wedding while visiting a flower market in Nice 

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have revealed their excitement about Harry and Meghan's wedding while visiting a flower market in Nice 

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have revealed their excitement about Harry and Meghan’s wedding while visiting a flower market in Nice 

Camilla was seen doting on a cute baby as she was greeted by well-wishers in the French city

Camilla was seen doting on a cute baby as she was greeted by well-wishers in the French city

Camilla was seen doting on a cute baby as she was greeted by well-wishers in the French city

Charles and Camilla headed to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where Charles laid a wreath to honour the unknown and missing casualties of war.

Later, the Prince of Wales told the Greek President he ‘deeply appreciated’ the chance to officially visit the country during a meeting at the Presidential Palace.

Charles said they were ‘enormously grateful’ for the ‘kind and generous’ welcome.

President Prokopis Pavlopoulos described Charles and Camilla’s trip as ‘historic’ and one more link in the ‘chain of friendship’ between the UK and Greece.

Prince Charles described next week’s royal wedding as ‘marvellous’ and a 'special day for everybody' during this morning's engagement 

Prince Charles described next week’s royal wedding as ‘marvellous’ and a 'special day for everybody' during this morning's engagement 

Prince Charles described next week’s royal wedding as ‘marvellous’ and a ‘special day for everybody’ during this morning’s engagement 

Charles and Camilla were seen sniffing a rose as they toured the French market this morning 

Charles and Camilla were seen sniffing a rose as they toured the French market this morning 

Charles and Camilla were seen sniffing a rose as they toured the French market this morning 

Camilla appropriately wore a floral dress as she toured the flower market in Nice today 

Camilla appropriately wore a floral dress as she toured the flower market in Nice today 

Camilla appropriately wore a floral dress as she toured the flower market in Nice today 

The Duchess looked thrilled as she was handed a large bouquet of flowers this morning

The Duchess looked thrilled as she was handed a large bouquet of flowers this morning

The Duchess looked thrilled as she was handed a large bouquet of flowers this morning

Camilla was seen accepting a bouquet of flowers from the stall holder during the visit 

Camilla was seen accepting a bouquet of flowers from the stall holder during the visit 

Camilla was seen accepting a bouquet of flowers from the stall holder during the visit 

He added that Charles was particularly welcome because of his father Prince Philip’s ‘Greek origins’.

It comes after the couple completed a tour of France, which began in Nice on Monday morning, when they visited a monument paying tribute to the victims of the city’s Bastille Day terror attack.

The royal couple laid a bouquet and signed a book of condolence during a visit to the site where the atrocity took place two years ago.

The Duchess of Cornwall commented on how it was 'quite a lot' to have a royal wedding and the birth of Prince Louis in the same year 

The Duchess of Cornwall commented on how it was 'quite a lot' to have a royal wedding and the birth of Prince Louis in the same year 

The Duchess of Cornwall commented on how it was ‘quite a lot’ to have a royal wedding and the birth of Prince Louis in the same year 

Charles looked delighted as he discussed the array of flowers on offer with a stall holder 

Charles looked delighted as he discussed the array of flowers on offer with a stall holder 

Charles looked delighted as he discussed the array of flowers on offer with a stall holder 

Charles and Camilla were greeted by crowds of well-wishers as they arrived this morning 

Charles and Camilla were greeted by crowds of well-wishers as they arrived this morning 

Charles and Camilla were greeted by crowds of well-wishers as they arrived this morning 

Camilla was seen shaking hands with a well-wisher as she and Charles arrived in Nice 

Camilla was seen shaking hands with a well-wisher as she and Charles arrived in Nice 

Camilla was seen shaking hands with a well-wisher as she and Charles arrived in Nice 

The royal couple were completing their final engagement in France, before flying to Greece 

The royal couple were completing their final engagement in France, before flying to Greece 

The royal couple were completing their final engagement in France, before flying to Greece 

Charles and Camilla then paid a visit to the French village of Eze, where they posed for a photo at a popular beauty spot. 

Charles and Camilla arrived in Lyon on Tuesday morning, where they paid their respects to fallen servicemen at a VE Commemoration.

The couple visited Lyon’s Parc Tête d’Or, where they were greeted by Georges Képénékian, Mayor of Lyon and David Kimelfeld, President of Lyon Metropolitan Area.

They also paid a visit to a refuge centre for victims of domestic violence, as well as sampling wine, cheese, chocolate and charcuterie at a local food market.  

Charles and Camilla were later seen tasting a Nice delicacy during their tour of the market 

Charles and Camilla were later seen tasting a Nice delicacy during their tour of the market 

Charles and Camilla were later seen tasting a Nice delicacy during their tour of the market 

Charles looked animated as he pointed out something to Camilla during the visit this morning 

Charles looked animated as he pointed out something to Camilla during the visit this morning 

Charles looked animated as he pointed out something to Camilla during the visit this morning 

The Prince of Wales was seen laughing as Camilla handed him a rose at the flower market 

The Prince of Wales was seen laughing as Camilla handed him a rose at the flower market 

The Prince of Wales was seen laughing as Camilla handed him a rose at the flower market 

Camilla said she it has been 'very nice' getting to know Meghan when asked about the royal wedding next week 

Camilla said she it has been 'very nice' getting to know Meghan when asked about the royal wedding next week 

Camilla said she it has been ‘very nice’ getting to know Meghan when asked about the royal wedding next week 

They paid a visit to a stall selling socca - which is made from chickpea flour and olive oil

They paid a visit to a stall selling socca - which is made from chickpea flour and olive oil

They paid a visit to a stall selling socca – which is made from chickpea flour and olive oil