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New grandparents Charles and Camilla are given hand-knitted gifts for baby Archie during a visit to a women’s refugee project on day three of their Berlin trip


The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall looked in good spirits as they kicked off day three of their trip to Berlin on Thursday.

Prince Charles, 70, and Camilla, 71, who are on a four-day trip to Germany, met participants of a women’s refugees project at the International Rescue Committee’s base at the Impact Hub in the city.

The couple have yet to meet Harry and Meghan’s son Archie – who was unveiled to the public on Wednesday – and were met with messages of congratulations and knitted gifts to bring back to the little boy.

Camilla, dressed in an elegant nude blazer with a pearl trim and matching earrings and a necklace, posed with women from the refugee project.

The woman who gave Camilla the gift told her she had knitted the scarves herself.

Charles spoke to beneficiaries of a scheme called Jobs4refugees, managed by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a global humanitarian aid organization and jobs4refugees.

Charles, who looked smart in a pinstripe suit and patterned tie, expressed his sadness that some had to leave their native Syria and find work in Germany.

He said: ‘I’ve always wanted to go to Syria but I’ve never been able to. I can’t bear the war and destruction.’

The Duchess of Cornwall also met with beneficiaries of the Jobs4refugees scheme on the visit to the International Rescue Committee’s base at the Impact Hub in Berlin.

Ahead of the visit to the centre, the Prince of Wales made a solo trip to the Barenboim-Said music Academy.

After listening to a short recital by a string quartet at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin, Charles met with the musicians and thanked them for their performance.

The Prince of Wales was congratulated on the ‘English team’s victory’ in the Champions League on the third day of his Germany tour.

A violinist from the quartet, David Strongin, confidently put his hand on the prince’s shoulder and congratulated him for Tottenham Hotspur’s win against Ajax on Wednesday evening.

The 25-year-old said to the prince: ‘Congratulations on the English team’s victory last night.’

The Prince responded: ‘Oh you’re a football fan are you?’

Mr Strongin, who told the prince he was from Tel-Aviv, Israel, said: ‘Yes, I support Liverpool.’

Charles replied: ‘Wow, how did you end up supporting them? Amazing.’

Before the exchange, the prince commented on how he had once been taught the cello by Daniel Barenboim.

Addressing the cello player in the quartet, Killian White, from Dublin, Ireland, Charles said: ‘I played very badly, unlike you.’

On his visit, the Prince also met with some students from the academy, which is funded by the German government and aims to unite young Arab and Israeli musicians.


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