King Charles inspects guard of honour during first state visit to Germany

Watch: King Charles was greeted by a 21-gun salute and flypast at start of state visit to Germany.

King Charles's first state visit to Germany saw him greeted with a 21-gun salute and a flypast by two fighter jets after he landed in the country at the start of a three-day tour.

Before touching down at Berlin-Brandenburg Government Airport, Typhoon jets escorted the plane carrying the King and Queen Consort, as a mark of respect. 

The King then inspected a guard of honour at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, after being greeted by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Budenbender.

The foursome posed for the waiting photographers with the famous landmark in the background before the national anthems of Germany and the UK were played by a military band. 

The Royal couple said in a joint statement, released on their official Twitter account, it was a "great joy" to be able to develop the "longstanding friendship between our two nations".

As part of his visit, King Charles is scheduled to speak with Ukrainian refugees and meet British and German military personnel who are working on joint projects.

This includes the first joint battalion between the two countries in more than two centuries, which was reinstated almost two years ago.

The formal establishment of the German-British Amphibious Engineer Battalion 130 took place in Minden, Germany, in October 2021.

The new battalion is primarily amphibious-focused, with both nations operating M3 rigs that can be used individually as a ferry or joined together to create a bridge for military vehicles, including main battle tanks, to cross.

What makes the battalion special is that it sees the UK and Germany as the only nations within Nato to have such bridging capabilities.

The King's first state visit was supposed to be to France but it was postponed because of violent protests taking place in Paris over pension age reforms.

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