At Clarence House to discuss what aides refer to as "spiritual matters" with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Dalai Lama marked his visit by planting a tree in the grounds of the royal residence.
After welcoming the exiled Tibetan to his London base on Thursday, Charles looked on as the spiritual leader used a spade once belonging to King George VI to plant a magnolia sapling.
The heir-to-the-throne has met the Dalai Lama on numerous occasion and is a keen admirer. His regard is reciprocated it seems, as the 72-year-old affectionately linked arms with both his hosts as they headed indoors after the tree-planting ceremony.
While Clarence House not commented on the exact nature of the talks, a royal spokesperson confirmed Prince Charles "knows and admires the Dalai Lama" and that they would be discussing "their interest in spiritual matters".