Britain’s Prince Charles in Greece for 3-Day Official Visit (Photos)

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla arrive in Greece, Mat 9, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)

ATHENS (AP) — Britain’s Prince Charles has arrived for a three-day official visit to Greece, the birthplace of his father and kingdom of his paternal great-grandfather.

The heir to the British throne is due Wednesday to meet Greece’s radical left prime minister, Alexis Tsipras. He is accompanied by his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The Prince of Wales has visited Greece several times in a private capacity, showing particular interest in the all-male monastic community of Mount Athos in the north of the country.

His father, Prince Philip, was born on the northwestern Greek island of Corfu, but left while very young after his father was banished. Charles’ great-grandfather was King George I of Greece, the country’s longest-reigning monarch.

Greek public opinion is staunchly anti-royalist. The country has been a republic since 1973.

Britain’s Prince Charles, right, is welcomed by the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras prior their meeting in Athens, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. The Prince of Wales, heir to the British throne, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are paying a three-day visit to Greece, where Charles’ paternal ancestors once reigned. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Britain’s Prince Charles, right, shakes hands with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras prior their meeting in Athens, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. The Prince of Wales, heir to the British throne, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are paying a three-day visit to Greece, where Charles’ paternal ancestors once reigned. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Britain’s Prince Charles, right, shakes hands with greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras prior their meeting in Athens, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. The Prince of Wales, heir to the British throne, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are paying a three-day visit to Greece, where Charles’ paternal ancestors once reigned. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Britain’s Prince Charles, left, shakes hands with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos during their meeting in Athens, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. The Prince of Wales, heir to the British throne, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are paying a three-day visit to Greece, where Charles’ paternal ancestors once reigned. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Britain’s Prince Charles, left, speaks next to Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall looks on during their meeting in Athens, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. The Prince of Wales, heir to the British throne, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are paying a three-day visit to Greece, where Charles’ paternal ancestors once reigned. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla arrive in Greece, May 9, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla arrive in Greece, May 9, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla arrive in Greece, May 9, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla arrive in Greece, May 9, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla arrive in Greece, May 9, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla arrive in Greece, May 9, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla arrive in Greece, May 9, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla arrive in Greece, Mat 9, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla arrive in Greece, Mat 9, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla arrive in Greece, Mat 9, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)
Preparations at the Presidential Mansion in Athens as Greece welcomes Prince Charles of Wales and his wife Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, at the invitation of the Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos, May 9, 2018. (Photos by Eurokinissi/Yorgos Kontarinis)
Preparations at the Presidential Mansion in Athens as Greece welcomes Prince Charles of Wales and his wife Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, at the invitation of the Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos, May 9, 2018. (Photos by Eurokinissi/Yorgos Kontarinis)
Preparations at the Presidential Mansion in Athens as Greece welcomes Prince Charles of Wales and his wife Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, at the invitation of the Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos, May 9, 2018. (Photos by Eurokinissi/Yorgos Kontarinis)
Preparations at the Presidential Mansion in Athens as Greece welcomes Prince Charles of Wales and his wife Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, at the invitation of the Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos, May 9, 2018. (Photos by Eurokinissi/Yorgos Kontarinis)
Preparations at the Presidential Mansion in Athens as Greece welcomes Prince Charles of Wales and his wife Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, at the invitation of the Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos, May 9, 2018. (Photos by Eurokinissi/Yorgos Kontarinis)
Preparations at the Presidential Mansion in Athens as Greece welcomes Prince Charles of Wales and his wife Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, at the invitation of the Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos, May 9, 2018. (Photos by Eurokinissi/Yorgos Kontarinis)