The Prince of Wales touched down at Pisa airport in Italy, where he had arrived on a private jet from Romania as part of the Royal Family’s “post-Brexit charm offensive”, which is considered a bridge-building exercise, he was greeted by the British Culture Secretary Karen Bradley and was then reunited with his wife Camilla on the third day of their European tour. In light of this, the images of the royal couple appearing relaxed and friendly as they posed for photographs in front of Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence appear especially significant. In Florence, they attended a reception to mark the centenary of the British Institute and took part in a gala dinner during which Prince Charles received a Renaissance Man of the Year award.
Prince Charles paid a visit on Sunday to Amatrice where he met survivors of last summer’s devastating earthquake, laid flowers on top of a simple rock used as memorial to the victims and ate Amatriciana pasta, a famous local dish.
The heir to the British throne went also to Montecchio Precalcino (Vicenza); there, visiting a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery, he marked the centenary of the deployment of British forces to the Austrian front in 1917 and paid his respects to the soldiers of all nations who died in the conflict.
In the meantime the Duchess toured the world famous Roman town of Herculaneum and La Gloriette, a community center based on a property which once belonged to one of the biggest camorra bosses.
The royal couple will conclude their Italian visit with two days in Rome, where they will have an audience with Pope Francis II and a meeting with the President of the Italian Republic Mattarella.
Ilona Catani Scarlett