PRINCE CHARLES has stepped in for the Queen today to welcome to the UK Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.
In a tweet, Prince Charles’s office said: “Today The Prince of Wales received Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi at Clarence House.”
The picture shared by Clarence House shows the Prince of Wales in high spirits as he smiles at Mr Al-Kadhimi with his arms wide open.
Similarly, the Prime Minister looks back at the royal with an amused expression on his face and arms open, remaining two metres from the royal in line with the coronavirus guidelines issued by the UK Government.
Prince Charles meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi
Prince Charles appeared in high spirits today
In the photograph showing the trio together, Prince Charles appears to be pointing at Mr Hussein, who laughs while standing in front of the cameras.
The Iraqi leader landed in the UK yesterday evening.
Mr Al-Kadhimi is currently undertaking a tour of Europe during which he will meet his country’s strongest allies and the continent’s leaders.
Prince Charles met another French President Macron in June at Clarence House
Britain is part of a US-led international coalition tasked with helping Iraqi security forces in the fight against what remains of the Islamic State.
The UK and the rest of the coalition have also pledged to provide Baghdad with military equipment and training for Iraqi forces.
During his visit, Mr Al-Kadhimi also headed to Downing Street to hold talks with his British counterpart, Boris Johnson.
Prince Charles laughing with Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs Fuad Hussein
Boris Johnson met Mustafa Al-Kadhimi at Downing Street
Prior to his arrival to Britain, Mr Al-Kadhimi had already been to France to meet French President Emmanuel Macron and Germany to hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
This isn’t the first time Prince Charles steps in for the Queen in welcoming a foreign leader.
In mid-June, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, hosted Mr Macron.
The pair welcomed the French leader to Clarence House ahead of a touching ceremony marking the anniversary of the ‘Appel’ made by Charles De Gaulle during World War II.
Prince Charles is the heir apparent to the throne
Prince Charles hasn’t been the only senior royal to step in for the Queen while the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across Europe.
Earlier this month, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, met Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and the country’s First Lady Olena Zelenska.
This meeting was not only significative because the pair represented the Queen with a foreign leader, in a remarkable show of trust for the future monarch.
The talks were held at Buckingham Palace, and marked the first official engagement carried out at the Queen’s London office since March.
The Queen visited Porton Down last week
The Queen remained in self-isolation with Prince Philip and their staff at Windsor Castle between mid-March and July.
They travelled to Balmoral Castle in early August, where they stayed in the company of a few royal guests until mid-September.
The monarch returned to Windsor alone earlier this month and last week carried out her first royal visit in seven months, heading to Porton Down with her grandson William.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK