was greeted with loud cheers and chants of “we love you” as he arrived in a windy Canary Wharf this afternoon. The monarch was at London’s financial centre to make an inaugural visit to the new European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) London headquarters. Before he stepped foot in the building, however, he made his way over to chat with the people gathered – and delighted them by cracking a few jokes.

Walking over to meet the woman who loudly declared “we love you” upon his arrival, who was in awe that the King went over to say hello.

He then made his way down the group gathered to watch, making a few jokes as he said hello and shook their hands.

“You all work in all these enormous buildings?” he asked, pointing to the towering office blocks behind.

The King then asked: “Are you all bankers? Keeping it going somehow.”

Speaking to another person, he asked: “Are you on your lunch break? They do let you out occasionally then.”

After greeting the well-wishers, the King went inside the building where he was met by 300 staff members of the EBRD headquarters.

It’s not the first time he’s conducted such a visit, as he opened the bank’s previous headquarters in Bishopsgate in 1993, when he was the Prince of Wales.

The King is there today to tour the offices, meet staff and hear how the EBRD has embedded sustainability measures into their new London office.

The 26-storey skyscraper where the EBRD is based is one of the most environmentally advanced buildings in the UK, being fully powered by renewable energy.


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