King Charles to plan biggest ever set of royal tours to 'extend hand of friendship'

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King Charles is planning the biggest ever series of tours to kick off his reign aimed at “extending a hand of friendship and support”, according to royal sources. The Prince and Princess of Wales are also expected to play a “major support role” in relation to the visits.

It is also understood that His Majesty is keen to undertake a number of solo trips both at home and abroad.

This is expected to allow the Queen Consort to undertake more engagements to help assist her personal projects.

A royal source told The Daily Mirror that His Majesty wanted to set a good impression in the “crucial” early period of his reign.

They said: “The King and his family are keen to hit the ground running in these crucial first few months and years of his reign.

“He certainly wants to carry on the long-held mantra from his late mother of being seen to be believed, and is very keen to get out and meet as many people as possible.”

Sources have also indicated that the firm could undertake as many trips as the Queen did during the whole of the 1970s when the late monarch visited 52 Commonwealth countries and 21 other countries in order to mark her Silver Jubilee.

The King also already started discussions with his advisers about visits to Australia and Canada “as soon as possible”.

He has also raised the possibility of visiting the 14 other countries where he is King.

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The Foreign Office is also believed to use the diplomatic power of the monarchy to help rebuild relations with France and Germany following the rows over Brexit.

Although a trip for the King and Queen Consort to visit France has been postponed it is understood that it will be rescheduled next year.

Royal sources have revealed that the monarch is “acutely aware” of the unrest in a number of Commonwealth countries that are considering becoming republic particularly in the Caribbean.

It is also likely that the King will travel to South Africa following a visit from President Cyril Ramaphosa the first state visit of the new royal era.

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