Over the course of his visit to Berlin, King Charles III made several ceremonial visits. He gave a speech at the Bundestag, visited a cheese maker in Brandenburg and met war refugees at Tegel Airport, but there was one visit his busy schedule didn’t quite allow: to stop at the club which bears his name, Prince Charles in Kreuzberg. But it was closer than you might think.
I’ve got another space called Napoleon Complex, so I guess I’m a bit bi-polar on the issue.
“We actually were able to contact his people,” said co-founder Michel Niknafs, who now runs a number of cultural spaces around the city. “He was interested, but there is just so much legal red-tape and security concerns. But it’s clear he’s got a sense of humour. When I thought it was on, I made these big signs with the new name and then I thought, we should actually do it.”
Niknafs is referring to an upcoming rebrand for his Kreuzberg club and its sister restaurant. Previously called Prince Charles and Parker-Bowles, following the royal visit these spaces will bear new names. Prince Charles is set to become King Charles III, while Parker-Bowles is going to called Queen Consort, mirroring Camilla’s new title following her husband’s ascension. “We’ll have a massive party on the coronation to crown the idea, so to speak,” said Niknafs. But does all this excitement mean that he’s a monarchist himself? “Well, I’ve got another space called Napoleon Complex,” he said, “so I guess I’m a bit bi-polar on the issue.”
The coronation party for the new King Charles III club will take place on Saturday 6 May, the same date that Charles is officially crowned.