News briefing Wednesday night: The King and Queen land in Berlin

Logo for the evening meeting

Good evening. The King and Queen Consort has arrived in Berlin for the first state visit of their reign. We have the latest as Britain poised to join an Indo-Pacific trade deal in a bid for a major Brexit victory.

The king and queen are solemnly received in Berlin

The royal couple was greeted at Berlin-Brandenburg Airport with a 21-gun salute and a flyover. Our royal editor Victoria Ward reports that Then they drove to Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate – a national symbol of peace and unity – where they were welcomed by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Budenbender.

The king and president inspected a guard of honor before they all took a quick tour and met well-wishers who had gathered in central Berlin to welcome the couple. You can View a gallery of images from the royal visit here.

And in a new episode of Royal Insight, Camilla Tominey explains why King Charles prioritized France and Germany over the Commonwealth for his first state visit.

Charles wears an indigenous bracelet in the first portrait

In more royal messages, the king was portrayed He wears an indigenous bracelet in the first portrait published since the beginning of his reign.

The oil portrait was completed by artist Alastair Barford in just two weeks after observing him at work at a reception at Buckingham Palace in February.

The monarch was presented with a bracelet during the event by Domingo Peas, leader of the indigenous Amazons. Mr Barford included it in his portrait to add context and authenticity, as a symbol of the King’s commitment to climate change and sustainability.

Queen ‘deeply saddened’ by the death of Paul O’Grady

Buckingham Palace said the Queen was consort “deeply saddened” by the death of TV presenter and comedian Paul O’Grady.

The TV star, also known for his drag queen persona Lily Savage, died “unexpectedly but peacefully” on Tuesday at the age of 67, according to his husband Andre Portasio.

The palace has since paid tribute to O’Grady, posting a picture of Camilla wearing the star. You can read O’Grady’s Telegraph obituary here.

Evening meeting: Today’s most important headlines

Liz Truss | The Former Prime Minister hit back at Jeremy Hunt after he criticized her mini-budget and accused her of “mistakes”. A spokesman for Ms Truss responded that the Chancellor’s decision to push ahead with raising corporate taxes “looks like a pretty bad mistake at the moment”.

comment and analysis

World news: ‘Hero’ principal ‘walked straight at gunman’ during Nashville school massacre

The principal of a Christian elementary school in Nashville was gunned down celebrated a hero after reportedly heading “straight for the shooter.”, as vigils were held across the city. Katherine Koonce, principal of Covenant School, was murdered along with three nine-year-old children and two other staff members by Audrey Hale, 28, a former student at the small fee-paying Presbyterian school.

Long reading of the day

I was one of the few girls at Westminster School – and had the time of my life

Esther Walker was one of 60 girls in sixth form at Westminster in 1996. Now, 27 years later, they are introducing the all-age coed plan

Read the piece

Business news: Britain is on the verge of signing an Indo-Pacific trade deal and a big Brexit victory

Britain poised to join an Indo-Pacific trade pact in pursuit of major post-Brexit victory as economy moves away from European Union. Ministers will hold meetings with counterparts in various Indo-Pacific countries this week to finalize an agreement. Melissa Lawford got the whole story here.

The Editor’s Choice

TV | How Paul O’Grady brought gay culture into the mainstream

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politics | How British Asians became political powerhouses

Sports news: Karen Carney and Rob Green sit on the panel that judges referees

Premier League referees are judged by a panel of judges five former players and managers including Rob Green and Karen Carney – and have been told their accuracy on big decisions has improved this season. Telegraph Sport can reveal that correct decisions have increased by around two percent came after a reckoning last summer.

Today’s Matt cartoon

The Small Boat Crisis inspired Matt’s cartoon today. Click here to see more of Matt.

And you can find today’s political cartoon here.

Three things for you

And finally… for the downtime tonight

Dressing like the 1% boils down to one simple rule | If you are someone who likes to look casual elegant, there is a lot to be said for the aesthetics of rich womenwrites Lisa Armstrong.

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