Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, visits the Italian quake-hit town of Amatrice on April 2, 2017 as part of his European tour aimed at strengthening relations with EU allies post Brexit. / AFP / POOL / ALESSANDRO BIANCHI
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Britain's Prince Charles hugged tearful survivors in the quake-hit Italian town of Amatrice on Sunday after seeing the "terrifying devastation" inflicted by last year's deadly disaster.The prince, who arrived by helicopter due to quake-damaged roads, placed a garland of yellow and white flowers on a memorial in the park where survivors had slept in the days immediately following the quake.Survivor Carmine Monteforte, 75, who had been waiting for a glimpse of the prince along with a group of locals waving Union Jack flags, said he also got a big hug from Charles.In Amatrice, Prince Charles met a woman who knew British husband and wife Maria and William Henniker-Gotley, who were killed along with a 14-year old Briton in the nearby hamlet of Sommati when the quake hit.The stop in the beauty spot of Amatrice was not the prince's first to a quake-hit zone. In 2004, Charles travelled to the scene of an earthquake that devastated the ancient Iranian city of Bam, killing over 40,000 people.
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