Prince Charles arrives in Italy for next leg of post-Brexit EU charm offensive

Robert Jobson
Prince Charles greeted by Karen Bradley MP, the UK culture secretary at Pisa Airport: Getty Images

Prince Charles touched down in Italy on the next leg of his post-Brexit charm offensive to be reunited with his wife.

He joined The Duchess of Cornwall in Florence after being greeted at Pisa Airport by British Culture Secretary Karen Bradley.

Charles and Camilla will pose for photos in front of the world famous Ponte Vecchio - the medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River.

The royal couple then attended a reception in the famous renaissance city.

Charles and Camilla are in Italy for four days during which time he will receive a Renaissance Man of the Year award.

Prince Charles receives a hug from Valentine Blacker, during a visit to Bucharest, Romania. (Getty Images)

Later in next week he and Camilla will meet the Pope in the Vatican.

On arrival in Florence Their Royal Highnesses will be greeted Ms. Illaria Borletti Buitoni, The Italian Undersecretary for Culture. He was also met by Mr Dario Nardella, The Mayor of Florence.

At the British Institute tonight Charles and Camilla viewed collections belonging to the British Institute, observed English education programmes and met Governors and Sponsors.

They unveiled an art installation and plaque at a reception attended by volunteers and supporters.

The Prince of Wales will attend a First World War commemoration during his first full day in Italy while the Duchess will visit a project supporting vulnerable people - based in a former mafia villa.

Charles will travel to north-east Italy where he will mark the centenary of the deployment of British Forces to the Austrian Front in 1917, and pay his respects to those, from all countries, who gave their lives in that conflict

During his time in the Vicenza area the heir to the throne will also tour a Commonwealth War Graves to pay his respects and visit the Italian front.

Meanwhile Camilla will visit Naples for a series of engagements, including a visit to 'La Gloriette', a project to support vulnerable people and help them integrate into their communities, which is based in a villa confiscated from the mafia.

The Duchess will also visit the ancient Roman site of Herculaneum, where she will hear how international expertise is supporting some of the excavations.

Later in Florence the royal couple will attend an event to showcase some of the best "slow food" from the Amatrice region and meet farmers and food producers affected by the earthquake.

Prince Charles nine-day tour also includes trips to Austria.

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