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Prince Charles and the Dalai Lama share a moment

The Dalai Lama met his close friend Prince Charles today as part of an eight-day tour of the UK.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall receive the Dalai Lama at Clarence House Credit: Gareth Cattermole/PA Wire

He joined the prince and Duchess of Cornwall for a walk in the garden of Clarence House during an informal meeting.

The royal couple took the Dalai Lama to see the magnolia spectrum tree he planted in the royal residence's garden following their last meeting in 2008.

Prince Charles and the Dalai Lama Credit: Gareth Cattermole/PA Wire

After a brief tour of some of the flower beds the spiritual figurehead, who had grasped Charles' right hand, stopped in front of the waiting media and said about the Prince: "I always consider him from my first meeting, a very close, best of friends."

'Very close' friends Credit: Gareth Cattermole/PA Wire


Russell Brand and Dalai Lama form an unlikely double act

Russell Brand and the Dalai Lama on stage at The Manchester Evening News Arena. Credit: PA

The Dalai Lama and comedian Russell Brand formed an unlikely double act as an audience of youngsters was enlightened and entertained. Brand was master of ceremonies at the Manchester Arena event.

The funnyman had said before the event that he presumed he was asked to compere proceedings because they wanted him to be funny. He did not disappoint the crowd as he also hosted a question and answer session on stage and obviously created a good impression with the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

The Dalai Lama playfully tugged Brand's beard on stage as the joker responded: "Not really a lot I can do in a situation like this. I just have to go with it." The Dalai Lama is on a 10-day tour of Britain with a mission to spread his Buddhist teachings of peace and understanding to youngsters.

Russell Brand to join Dalai Lama on stage

The comedian and actor will act as master of ceremonies when the Dalai Lama addresses thousands of young people in Manchester today. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Dalai Lama will be joined on stage today by comedian Russell Brand as part of the Tibetan leader's UK tour.

Brand will act as master of ceremonies at Manchester Arena when the Dalai Lama addresses thousands of young people, giving a talk entitled Century of Dialogue - Stand up and Be the Change.

His latest tour of Britain aims to spread the 76-year-old Buddhist's teachings of peace and understanding to youngsters.

The 1989 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate will present a Youth Compassion Award to a young person as part of this afternoon's event where tickets for under-25s are free.


Dalai Lama dismisses Chinese threat

The Dalai Lama during a press conference at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester, as he begins a national tour of the UK Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The Dalai Lama brushed aside a reported threat by China to withdraw their Olympic athletes from a training camp as "almost routine".

The Tibetan spiritual leader made the comment during the launch of his 10-day visit to the UK which will see him pass on a message of non-violence, dialogue and universal responsibility.

Asked about his thoughts on the reported threat, he replied: "That is always happening, that is almost like routine."

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Why will the Dalai Lama's visit strain relations?

Prime Minister David Cameron meets the Dalai Lama in London. Credit: PA Wire

Whenever a national leader meets the Dalai Lama there is a similar reaction from Beijing. China's leaders regard the Tibetan spiritual leader as a 'separatist' and the head of a 'feudal system' - he is seen as some kind of religious terrorist leader.

'China snub Britain over Dalai Lama row'

China has indefinitely suspended minister-level meetings with Britain in protest at David Cameron's decision to meet the Dalai Lama, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The Dalai Lama is set to begin an eight-day tour of the UK. Credit: Reuters

According to the newspaper both Lord Green, the Trade and Investment minister, and Jeremy Browne, the Foreign Office minister, have had planned meetings with Chinese ministers either cancelled or palmed off on junior officials in the last month.

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