The King and Queen attend concerts in Munich and Bayreuth

On 23-25 July, The King and Queen attended three concerts in southern Germany: A jazz gala in aid of the World Childhood Foundation and Desideria Care, a concert to mark the 30th anniversary of Munich Concert Society and a performance of Wagner's romantic comedy The Master-Singers of Nuremberg.

On Sunday 23 July, The King and Queen attended a jazz gala with the Barrelhouse jazz band in aid of the World Childhood Foundation and Desideria Care. The concert was held at the Prince Regent Theatre in Munich. Before the concert, The Queen gave an opening speech.

The Queen gives an opening speech at the jazz gala at the Prince Regent Theatre. Photo: Frank Rollitz/Schneider Press

The Queen gives an opening speech at the jazz gala at the Prince Regent Theatre. Photo: Frank Rollitz/Schneider Press

On Monday 24 July, The Queen received the Bavarian Order of Merit from Minister President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer at the Prince Carl Palace.

The order is awarded by the President of Bavaria in recognition of outstanding contributions to the federal state and its people. The order was founded on 11 June 1957.

During the presentation, Horst Seehofer said that Queen Silvia has had links to Bavaria ever since she was head hostess at the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972.

He also said that the people of Bavaria are proud to have such a worthy recipient of the Bavarian Order of Merit as Queen Silvia.

The King and Queen are welcomed at the Prince Carl Palace by Minister President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer and his wife Karin Seehofer. Photo: Frank Rollitz/Schneider Press

The King and Queen are welcomed at the Prince Carl Palace by Minister President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer and his wife Karin Seehofer. Photo: Frank Rollitz/Schneider Press

In the evening, The King and Queen attended a concert to mark the 30th anniversary of Munich Concert Society. Performers at the concert, which was held at Brunnenhof der Residenz in Munich, included soloists and orchestras from the Verona Arena.

Verona is an ancient cultural city in the Veneto province of northern Italy, and is a sister city of Munich. Alongside Rome, Verona is one of Italy's best preserved Roman cities. The city is also famous for its impressive Verona Arena amphitheatre. The first opera performances at the amphitheatre were held in 1913 at the initiative of conductor Tullio Serafin and tenor Giovanni Zenatello, marking the centenary of Verdi's birth with eight performances of Aida. Since then, operas have become an annual event at the amphitheatre.

On Tuesday 25 July, The King and Queen attended a performance of Wagner's romantic comedy The Master-Singers of Nuremberg at the Festspielhaus festival hall in Bayreuth. On arrival, The King and Queen were welcomed by Mayor of Bayreuth Brigitte Merk-Erbe and Katharina Wagner, director of the Bayreuth Festival. Ms Wagner is the daughter of Wolfgang Wagner and the granddaughter of Richard Wagner.

The city of Bayreuth is in northern Bavaria, and is best known for the Wagner Festival. The festival was first held in 1876, and has been an annual event since 1951. It is held in the festival hall that Wagner had built in 1872-76. Since it was opened in 1876, the hall has been run by the Wagner family.