Prince Charles “enormously touched” to be given Gold Medal of Honour

Prince Charles “enormously touched” to be given Gold Medal of Honour

Prince Charles “enormously touched” to be given Gold Medal of Honour

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, departed from Greece on Thursday following two days of bicentennial celebrations.

Earlier in the day, the couple attended a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Syntagma Square, where the heir to the throne laid a wreath and the UK national anthem was played.

The couple then observed the Independence Day Military Parade.

They then joined President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and her partner Pavlos Kotsonis for tea at the presidential mansion.

Charles told the president that he and his wife were "touched" that they were invited to Athens to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Greek revolution.

Later, Charles was awarded the City of Athens Gold Medal of Honour by Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis at the City Hall.

The city's highest honour recognises "a proven friend of Greece and Hellenism, and especially a friend of Athens, its history and its civilization," Bakoyannissaid.

Noting Britain's signal contribution to the liberation of Greece, the mayor recited examples of British support after the Greek War for Independence broke out in 1821, and said Greece honours the British who fought with them and died alongside with them.

The heir to the throne said he was “enormously touched” to have been presented with the accolade, the City’s highest distinction, which he will always treasure.

Charles said the mayor has “made such strides in ensuring that Athens becomes a great example of sustainability”, adding: “Because it is crucially important it seems to me that cities like Athens and all around the world are much more involved in the drive towards greater sustainability, decarbonisation of the economy and indeed a regeneration of biodiversity.”

“In the meantime, I shall wear this medal with great pleasure and pride as it will always remain as something I shall treasure as a result of this visit to Athens but also of your great kindness and consideration to me after all these years," he concluded.

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This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.