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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