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Prince Charles meets Archbishop of Athens and All Greece

The Prince of Wales arrived at the Archbishop's Palace in Athens on Thursday morning. Charles was greeted by Archbishop Ieronymos II at the entrance of the palace.

The prince was led to a room full of paintings of former archbishops of Athens and was welcomed by other Greek bishops.

The Archbishop said: "Welcome to the land of half of your ancestors."


Charles received a gift of an icon of the Virgin Mary from the Archbishop. Replying to the Archbishop's greeting, the prince said: "I'm most grateful for your extremely generous welcome. I'm enormously touched that you should receive me here on this visit to Athens."

He added: "I'm afraid my gift is very inadequate in return."

Charles then handed the Archbishop a family photo of himself and the Duchess of Cornwall before signing the visitors' book.

After visiting the 11th century Church of St Eirini and the stalls of St Eirini Square, they tried traditional Greek coffee in a local cafe.

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The Prince of Wales kisses the icon of the Resurrection of Christ in the Byzantine Church in Kapnikarea, during a walking tour of the Kapnikarea area in Athens, Greece, as part of his visit to the country.


Afterwards they visited stalls with local delicacies including loukoumades, traditional Greek doughnuts, and koulouri, traditional Greek pretzels, before heading to the final stop on the tour - the Byzantine Church of Kapnikarea.

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