Friday, 17 March 2017

Royal Visit Paris: William and Kate's diary

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are heading to Paris for a two day visit
(photo Province of British Columbia via Flickr)

William and Kate arrive in Paris this afternoon for a two days visit. Details of the schedule have come through bit by bit since it was announced last month that they would visit the French capital at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. There's a big spotlight on this trip - French magazines and newspapers have been featuring it prominently with Le Point calling the royal couple 'the weapon of glamour against a hard Brexit' and William and Kate step onto French soil just a day after the Queen gave Royal Assent to the bill which will let Prime Minister, Theresa May, formally notify the EU that the UK is leaving. It's the first time that William has officially visited Paris since his mother, Diana, died in the city following a car accident in August 1997. But it also comes at the end of a week in which the Duke of Cambridge has faced criticism for heading off on holiday while his family marked Commonwealth Day. Royal Visit Paris will be everywhere this weekend - here's what we know so far.

William and Kate arrive in Paris on the afternoon of March 17th after attending the traditional St Patrick's Day Parade at home. Their first engagement will be a meeting with the President of France, Francois Hollande, at the Elysee Palace.

There will also be a reception for young French leaders from across the community and a dinner at the official residence of the British Ambassador in Paris.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will meet survivors of the Bataclan attack which took place in November 2015 in Paris, killing 130 people. They will also meet survivors of the attack in Nice on July 14th 2016 in which 86 people were killed.

William and Kate's Paris trip will end with a visit to the Stade de France to watch Wales take on France in the Six Nations Rugby.

This is a pivotal visit for William and Kate, coming after one of the most controversial weeks the couple has faced. But the sight of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge representing the UK overseas will be a familiar one this year - we already know that the couple will visit Poland and Germany on an official trip later in 2017.

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