Charles & Camilla Do Austria: Part One

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Today the Prince of Wales  and the Duchess of Cornwall left Italy for Austria, arriving in Vienna this morning for a half day of engagements. I have to admit, while I was envious of their trip to Florence and Rome and Charles’s to Bucharest I am beyond jealous they’re in Vienna, which is one of my very favorite cities to visit. Taking a look at their stops I’m getting pangs of nostalgia for the last time I was there.

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But first, the last bit of Rome. This morning the couple met Italian President Sergio Mattarella at Quirinal  Palace, the president’s official residence, for a photo-op and half-hour conversation. Next up, Charles visited the UN Food and Agriculture Organization where he praised British workers for their efforts. (I hope you’ve sensed a theme here for what Charles’s pet causes are.)

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Their first step was to Cafe Demel, a pastry and chocolate shop right in the heart of the city. No, I don’t think you understand – there are tens of thousands of pastry shops in the world (rough estimate), but only one Cafe Demel. I don’t have a sweet tooth and I would eat everything on that menu. I could write a poem about their hot chocolate alone. Anyway, I highly a recommend – definitely a must-go if you’re ever in the city.

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Founded in 1786 it still holds a royal warrant dating back to the Habsburgs.

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Charles and Camilla were able to enjoy the historic ambience of the cafe and were even treated to a cake display, which included tips on how to make the perfect strudel. And just as yesterday’s tour of the art school prompted a reference to the Duchess’s daughter, Laura, so too does today call to mind her son, Tom. Tom is a successful chef based in London who also writes a monthly food column for Tatler.

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This evening, they attended a state banquet at the Hofburg Palace. Camilla once again wore her trusty Anna Valentine, this time in a cream and gold chiffon gown for the black tie event. The dinner marked their official welcome from Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and his wife, First Lady Doris Schmidauer.

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Earlier in the day the the couples posed for photos and had a tete-a-tete at the palace. Camilla also received a tour of the royal apartments accompanied by the First Lady.

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Tomorrow the couple will wrap up their remaining engagements in Vienna and fly back to the UK. According to Charles’s calendar, he’ll be taking a few well-deserved days off before picking back up on Monday.

Catch up on yesterday here.

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