Dates and details of William, Kate, George and Charlotte’s visit to Poland and Germany
Prince George and Princess Charlotte are expected to steal the show as they join their parents on a second royal tour to Poland and Germany.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will arrive in Warsaw with their royal children at midday today .
William and Kate’s trip, taken at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, is likely to be seen as another Brexit diplomacy, helping to maintain and strengthen the UK’s relations with Europe as it leaves the EU.
But all eyes will be on the couple’s children, George aged three and two-year-old Charlotte , who are used to travelling overseas having joined their parents in Canada last year for an official trip.
After touching down on Polish ground, they will stay with their Spanish nanny Maria Borrallo in Belweder Palace in Warsaw and the British ambassador to Germany’s residence in Berlin as their parents carry out visits.
The trip is expected to include everything from touring the Elbphilarmonic Concert hall in Hamburg, visiting the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre and stopping at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
A spokesman said William and Kate are “delighted” with the “excited” and “varied” programme that has been put together for the tour.
Here’s what the famous foursome will be getting up to.
Monday 17 July, Warsaw
The tour begins with The Duke and Duchess arriving in Warsaw at midday today.
The President Duda and the First Lady at the Presidential Palace will officially welcome the couple to Poland.
From here they will travel to the Warsaw Rising Museum, which is dedicated to the uprising of 1944 which saw the Polish resistance Home Army attempt to liberate Warsaw from German occupation.
The Polish resistance was defeated after 63 days of fighting, but is remembered as the largest single military effort by any European resistance movement during World War II.
The family will tour the museum, and meet with veterans before lighting candles in memory of those involved in the Rising.
Then on to the Heart in the Warsaw Spire building, joining young Polish entrepreneurs.
The Heart is a business incubator with impressive panoramic views of Poland’s capital, and is home to a range of exciting new business start-ups.
The Duke and Duchess will join a busy, bustling event which includes a tech market-place, and pitching sessions from Polish start-ups.
This event will mark the beginning of a ‘Warsaw-London bridge’ initiative that aims to help small Polish businesses access London’s unique opportunities for scaling up to become global players.
This evening they will travel to the picturesque Orangery in Łazienki Park, where the British Ambassador will host a Queen’s Birthday Party.
Here in front of 600 invited guests, The Duke will give a speech, which will close the first day of the tour.
Tuesday 18 July, Gdansk, Poland
The Royal couple’s first full day begins with a trip to the former Nazi Germany Concentration Camp, Stutthof.
Stutthof was the first camp set up outside German borders in September 1939, and one of the last camps liberated by the Allies, in May 1945.
During their visit, William and Kate will meet a group of five former prisoners of the camp.
Following their morning at Stutthof, the pair will travel to Gdansk – located on Poland’s northern Baltic coastline.
In the central market square they will join a street party where they will be offered Goldwasser – a Gdansk liqueur, and traditional Polish pierogi, while watching amber craftsmen at work, and listening to local musicians and artists.
From here they will visit the Gdansk Shakespeare theatre, of which The Prince of Wales is Patron.
During the seventeenth century there was a large English-speaking community based in Gdansk, which made the city an important destination for travelling English players.
The Shakespeare Theatre opened in 2014, and is home to the city’s annual Shakespeare festival, attended by theatre-lovers from around the world.
The Theatre has an adaptable auditorium which allows for three different sized stages, and a retractable roof.
William and Kate will see the roof opening during a special performance, before attending a small reception inside the theatre for Poles from the world of arts, culture and media.
Their time in Gdansk will end with a trip to the European Solidarity Centre.
In Gdansk’s shipyards, it is the birth-place of the Solidarity movement in Poland.
The Duke and Duchess will tour the museum there, and meet with founding members of Solidarity.
On departure the pair will walk through the iconic shipyard gates, a key symbol of the protests during the 1980s, before laying a wreath at the foot of the Solidarity Monument.
This visit will mark the end of the second day, as they return to Warsaw for the night.
Wednesday 19 July, Berlin
Day three will see Kate and William bid farewell to Poland, as they begin the German part of the tour in the capital, Berlin.
The Duke and Duchess will start the day’s engagements with a private meeting with Chancellor Merkel.
This will be William’s second meeting with the Chancellor – they first met during his trip to Düsseldorf last year.
Following this they will visit the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s most famous landmark and a symbol of German unification.
The Royal couple will say hello to crowds gathered on Pariser Platz in front of the Gate, before making their way to the Holocaust Memorial.
Here they will tour the museum before walking through the Memorial itself.
The afternoon will see The Duke and Duchess travel to the eastern district of Marzahn.
They will visit Strassenkinder, a charity which supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, including homeless children.In the charity’s youth club, William and Kate will spend time with some of the young people who have received help from the charity, as well as meeting individuals from the Robert Enke Foundation.
Set up in memory of the footballer, this organisation raises awareness of mental health issues, particularly in sport.
The Royal couple will then return to the west of the city, and meet with President Steinmeier at the Bellevue Palace.
That evening, the family will attend a Queen’s Birthday Party held in the gardens of the British Ambassador’s residence.
The Duke of Cambridge will give his second speech of the tour during this reception.
Thursday 20 July, Heidelberg to Berlin
The mood will change when the Duke and Duchess renew their friendly sporting rivalry, which seems to play a part in most of their trips, when they visit the picturesque Germany city of Heidelberg, twinned with Cambridge.
The first stop will be the German Cancer Research Centre, where they will meet researchers and visit the stem cell research lab.
They will then wander through the central market square, on which a British-German market will be set up offering local food and drink, before the Mayor of Heidelberg leads the way to the River Neckar.
William and Kate will take to the waters of the river to cox opposing rowing teams in a race with crews drawn from Cambridge and Heidelberg.
The winners will be congratulated at the finish line, before The Duke and Duchess return to Berlin.
That evening, they will attend a reception in the vintage mirrored hall of Clärchens Ballhaus – one of the few times we can expect to see Kate dressed up for the evening.
Friday 21 July, Hamburg
After a jam-packed week the couple are not slowing down as they visit Hamburg – Germany’s second largest city – on their final day.
The city is known for its strong links to the UK, which go back to the Hanseatic League in the 13th century.
The first stop for the pair will be the Maritime Museum on the bank of the river Elbe.
Here, The Duke and Duchess will celebrate the joint UK-German year of science, which is focused on oceans.
They will then make their way further through Hamburg’s dockside warehouse quarter to the Elbphilharmonie.
Opened in January 2017, the “Elphi” was built with the aim of creating a new city landmark.
It is one of the biggest concert halls in the world and renowned for its advanced acoustics.
The Duke and Duchess will join the orchestra on stage, before listening to a special performance by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
The audience will be filled with children from all corners of the city, with the aim of inspiring a new generation to develop a passion for music and perhaps play at the venue in years to come.
The family will then depart by boat and travel down the River Elbe to their final destination to Airbus.
The couple will tour the complex and meet apprentices, both German and English.
They will end their five-day tour by giving way to a departure shot of the family, another opportunity to see George and Charlotte.
And fans of the royal children should make the most of it as it’s likely that, after a week in the spotlight, they will be having some time away from the cameras when they arrive home.
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