British royal couple aim to charm Poland

Xavier Trudeau
Juillet 17, 2017

WARSAW, Poland — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children arrived in Poland on Monday, on the first leg of a goodwill trip to two European Union nations that is meant to underscore Britain's friendly ties with a bloc that it's in the process of leaving.

Their five-day tour of the two European countries is at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

They joined their parents in Canada previous year for an official trip.

A Kensington Palace spokesman has said: "The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to this tour and are delighted with the exciting and varied programme that has been put together for it".

On their first official visit to Poland the couple were accompanied by their children, Prince George, who will be 4 on Saturday, and Princess Charlotte, 2.

It won't have any impact on the negotiations.

The royal couple and their children will be welcomed first in Warsaw by President Andrzej Duda.

It's this mission the royals have pursued in recent months in various European cities.

They'll meet survivors of a concentration camp; veterans of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis; and some of those who were part of the Solidarity movement that eventually led to the collapse of communism.

Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a private meeting with the royal couple in Berlin at the start of the German leg of their tour on Wednesday.

In March, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent two days in Paris, on their first official visit there as a couple to solidify the relationship between France and the U.K. The trip also marked William's first official visit to the city since his mother, Princess Diana, died in a vehicle crash there in August 1997.

Perhaps the penultimate event of the royal tour will be when William and Kate take their competitive streak to the water as they captain crew boats in Heidelberg.

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