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The Dalai Lama holds spiritual talks with Prince Charles

May 22, 2008
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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".

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The Tibetan leader marks his visit to Clarence House by planting a magnolia sapling Photo: © Getty Imagesy
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In a gesture of affection towards his royal host, who has long been a supporter, the 72-year-old takes Charles' arm - along with that of Camilla - as they head indoors after the planting ceremonyPhoto: © Getty Images

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