King Charles met with German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, on Thursday as he prepared to make a speech before Germany’s parliament, becoming the first monarch to speak at the Bundestag.

The King is expected to pay tribute to Germany and the UK’s longstanding bonds in the historic speech to German politicians, as he embarks on the second day of his high-profile visit to the country aimed at bolstering ties between the two major European powers.

Speaking in English and German in a speech at a state banquet held in his honour on Wednesday, King Charles pledged to “strengthen the connections” between the UK and Germany, praising the “enduring value” in their friendship. He said that he was “utterly convinced” it would “grow stronger”.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomes Britain's King Charles at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, March 30, 2023. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Mr Scholz and King Charles at the Chancellery in Berlin (Photo: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters)

The King also spoke of the two countries’ shared values, including Net Zero, global health and welcoming Ukrainian refugees.

He said that the German people has shown “incredible generosity of spirit” in helping those fleeing their homes in Ukraine, and said that the UK stood “side by side” Germany in protecting “shared democratic values”.

The King and Queen Consort’s state visit to Germany, the first of Charles’ reign, began on Wednesday with a ceremonial greeting at Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate.

On Friday, King and Camilla will go to Hamburg, where they will visit the Kindertransport memorial for Jewish children who fled from Germany to Britain during the Nazi regime, and attend a green energy event before returning to the UK.

King Charles and Camilla were originally due to be welcomed at a red carpet reception in the Elysée Palace in Paris on Sunday. But the French leg of their European tour was cancelled last week after protesters planned further demonstrations over President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms to coincide with the visit.

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