The new king is very close to Italy, where he has come several times. He loves Florence and Tuscany very much. And he wanted to go to Amatrice, praising the courage of its inhabitants after the earthquake.
In Rome for the G20 last October, where he delivered a passionate speech for the protection of the planet, the new British king, Charles III, has long had a very close relationship with Italywhere he came several times.
Yet vivid is the memory of his visit on April 2, 2017 in the Amatrice devastated by the earthquake. “I was extremely impressed by the exceptional courage and resilience of everyone I met,” Carlo then wrote to the then mayor Sergio Pirozzi. “It was very important for me to come to Amatrice – he explained in the letter – especially to make sure that you were aware of how deeply British citizens share the suffering you have experienced. There is no need to say how deeply I was touched by the affection from you received “.
That time, Carlo had come to Italy with Camilla from March 31 to April 5, also visiting Florence and the province of Vicenza, to pay homage to the victims of the First World War and to celebrate the centenary of the deployment of British troops. In Rome, Carlo and Camilla had been received by President Sergio Mattarella and had met Pope Francis for the first time in the Vatican. The royal couple had a private meeting with Benedict XVI in 2009.
Like many of his compatriots, Carlo is very fond of Tuscany where he has been several times since the eighties, showing himself passionate about Tuscan art, wine and food. And also landscapes, which he has repeatedly tried to paint in watercolor. In the 1985 Carlo also made a long trip to Italy with Princess Diana, from April 19 to May 5.