Prince Charles's visit a 'milestone' for Greek-UK relations, says Tsipras

Lawrence Kim
May 11, 2018

Greece's latest appeal for the return of the Elgin marbles was deflected by the Prince of Wales on an official visit to the country.

Responding to the President's speech, Prince Charles said: "I have only warm words about the two countries' relationship".

"I know we have shared an bad lot together over many, many years", he said.

He continued to speak about the battles that Britain and Greece fought together and the roles the philhellene Lord Byron and Admiral Edward Codrington played during the Greek War of Independence, he noted: "We never forget Lord Byron, [the Battle of] Navarino and the joint struggles both countries gave in two World Wars".

On Thursday, May 10, at 10:10 am, Prince Charles will meet with the Archbishop of Athens and Greece Ieronymos, while at 11:30 the couple will visit the Allied Military Cemetery where Prince Charles will lay a wreath.

"Knowing that Greece, and so many Greeks, have been going through such a very hard time in recent years, I wanted to find a way - however small and inadequate - to help the young people of Greece achieve their full potential, whether through skills training or assisting them to set up their own enterprises", he added.

Tsipras announced he has accepted an invitation by Britain's counterpart Theresa May to visit London in June.

The 69-year-old heir to the throne has frequently visited Greece privately for holidays.

Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview printed in the hard-copy edition of Kathimerini, Prince Charles praised Greece saying it is in his blood.

"Not to mention the fact that I have been so fortunate to have visited some of Greece's many attractive and unique places", he added. "It is the first time you visit the country officially and I think it is the first time a member of the British royal family makes an official visit to Greece", he said.

Shortly after Philip's birth, the Greek royal family was forced to flee the country following defeat to Turkey in the 1922 Asia Minor campaign.

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