Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have flown to Greece – despite the government’s recent announcement that foreign holidays are set to be banned.
Rather than the Royal couple making a quick dash before the law changes on Monday, they have in fact been called away on official business, and have the full support of the Government.
The couple are undertaking a two-day tour of Greece and will visit Athens to join the bicentenary Independence Day celebrations and attend a reception at the National Gallery of Greece.
MirrorOnline reports that the visit is an official working trip, which is allowed under the new rules.
Furthermore, the couple have diplomatic immunity as they are going on behalf of the British Government.
It’s believed that both have had the second dose of the vaccine. Charles got the deadly virus last year, but luckily only suffered mild symptoms.
The couple announced the trip earlier this month on their website.
They wrote: “At the request of The British Government, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will attend the Bicentenary Independence Day celebrations in Athens on Thursday 25th March.
“This follows an invitation from the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
“The Bicentenary Event’s Independence Day celebrations will take place from the evening of Wednesday 24th March and will conclude on Thursday 25th March 2021.”
They went on: “Their Royal Highnesses will attend a Reception at the newly re-opened National Gallery of Greece on the evening of the 24th March hosted by the President of the Republic, Her Excellency Katerina Sakellaropoulou.”
“Their Royal Highnesses will also attend a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square and a traditional military parade on the 25th March.”
Not only does Prince Charles have a connection to Greece through his father, Prince Phillip, who was born there, but he and Camilla have visited together before, most recently in May 2018.