Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has held talks with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The Burmese opposition leader met the royal couple at their London home Clarence House in the latest stop on her tour of Britain, her home for many years.
Ms Suu Kyi arrived in a chauffeur-driven Range Rover and stepped from the car to be greeted by Charles and Camilla, who were standing on the steps of the historic building. The Prince shook hands with the pro-democracy campaigner and shared a few words before the Duchess welcomed their guest and chatted for a few moments.
A small group of photographers and cameramen were on hand to capture the first meeting between Charles and Ms Suu Kyi, and the heir to the throne gestured to the campaigner to turn towards them as the trio posed for pictures.
Ms Suu Kyi is on a four-day visit to the UK as part of a European tour, the first time she has ventured outside Burma in 24 years. She has close connections with Britain having read philosophy, politics and economics at St Hugh's College, Oxford, between 1964 and 1967, before settling in the university city with her late husband Michael Aris, a Tibetan scholar.
In July 1989, around a year after her return to her homeland to care for her mother, Ms Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest by the ruling military which feared the influence of a woman whose father was instrumental in gaining Burma's freedom from British rule. She remained there for much of the next 20 years, finally being released in November 2010.
Her husband died of prostate cancer in 1999 at the age of 53. He had asked the Burmese authorities to grant him a visa to visit her one last time, but was refused. Charles knew Mr Aris and the year the scholar died he became patron of the Michael Aris Memorial Trust for Tibetan and Himalayan Studies.
Clarence House would not reveal the details of the discussions which were held in the royal couple's private apartments. But it is likely the trio talked about the issues surrounding Ms Suu Kyi's release from house arrest and her country's movement towards democracy.
The royal couple and Ms Suu Kyi talked for about 40 minutes before emerging into Clarence House's garden for a tree-planting ceremony.
They walked over to a new bed where a tiny black tulip magnolia sapling was waiting. The drizzle which had been falling earlier was replaced by bright summer sunshine. Ms Suu Kyi asked how many shovels of earth she should cover the roots with and Camilla replied: "Three is good luck."