Charles III heads to Hamburg on last leg of 1st foreign trip

BERLIN (AP) — King Charles III boarded a carriage, though not the horse-drawn kind, for the final leg of his three-day trip to Germany, traveling by train from Berlin to the port city of Hamburg, where he planned to remember pivotal events from World War II.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier accompanied Charles and Camlla, the queen consort, on the two-hour high-speed train journey from the capital.
The couple landed Wednesday in Berlin for Charles’ first foreign trip as king. Steinmeier greeted them at the Brandenburg Gate with full military honors and later hosted a banquet in their honor.
On Thursday, Charles became tried his hand at making cheese.
Charles’ trip is part of a carefully calibrated effort by the British government to mend frayed ties with its continental partners after the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.
Charles originally planned to visit France first, but anti-government protests in the country led both governments to postpone that part of his trip. The new itinerary put the focus on Germany, where Charles has family roots and the royals have long been the subject of fascination.
In Hamburg, the royal couple are scheduled to visit a memorial to the Kindertransporte, or children’s transports, that resulted in more than 10,000 Jewish children receiving refuge from Nazi Germany in the U.K. 85 years ago.
Charles and Camilla also are set to lay a wreath at the remains of St. Nikolai church to commemorate the more than 30,000 people, mostly German civilians, who were killed in Operation Gomorrah, the Allied bombing of Hamburg in July 1943.
A boat trip and a farewell reception involving musical performances, including by a Beatles cover band and a sea shanty group, will round off the king’s visit.
While the royal couple have been warmly received in Germany, the weather has proved a problem. On Thursday, Charles was caught in a spring downpour. For Friday, police in Hamburg predicted traffic delays and “typical British weather” — a roundabout reference to rain.