Lama Drama

06.20.121:20 PM ET

Charles Meets Dalai Lama in London

First meeting in four years

The Prince of Wales and the Dalai Lama met today for the first time in four years.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 20:  Prince Charles, Prince of Wales receives His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Clarence House on June 20, 2012 in London, England.  The exiled Buddhist Tibetan leader is taking part in a week long tour of the United Kingdom.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales receives His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Clarence House. Square/tie/buttonhole combo is faultless, and also echoes the Lama's robes. Respect. (Gareth Cattermole / WPA Pool / Getty Images)

Charles is a long-time supporter of the Dalai Lama, and held discussions with China's president Hu Jintao on the subject of Tibet during talks in London in 2009.

Waiting next to the Prince was the Duchess of Cornwall who kissed the exiled Buddhist leader before the group moved into the house's garden room for their informal chat.

The Tibetan spiritual leader is on a 10-day tour of Britain with a mission to spread his Buddhist teachings of peace and understanding to youngsters.

Before meeting Charles, the Dalai Lama took part in a multi-faith service of prayer and reflection at Westminster Abbey in central London.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (R) takes part in a service of prayer and reflection attended by representatives from different religious groups at Westminster Abbey in central London on June 20, 2012.  After the service the Dalai Lama was expected to meet with the Prince Charles, Prince of Wales as the spiritual leader continued an eight-day visit to Britain.  AFP PHOTO / POOL / DOMINIC LIPINSKI        (Photo credit should read Dominic Lipinski/AFP/GettyImages)
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama takes part in a service of prayer and reflection attended by representatives from different religious groups at Westminster Abbey (Dominic Lipinski / AFP / Getty Images)