Monday, 17 July 2017

Royal Visit Poland: day one

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are well and truly into Royal Visit Poland. They've packed in plenty as their latest European tour gets under way. The visit is designed to bolster relations with Poland and Germany (where William and Kate arrive on Wednesday) and so far everyone seems to be getting on very well indeed. Apart from George and the airport.

Yep, while the red carpet was rolled out for mum and dad it was really the Cambridge kids that everyone wanted to see as the family touched down in Warsaw around lunchtime. Ever since Kensington Palace revealed that George and Charlotte would accompany their parents on this working visit, speculation has mounted over just how often they'll be seen. The arrival was a sure bet and numbers three and four in line to the throne didn't disappoint.

George was less than impressed with his parents' latest idea for a day out. We got hand in pocket, we got kicking our foot at the edge of the red carpet and we got a definite royal blank as he walked with his back definitely turned on the military escort. Charlotte tried a royal wave but preferred to cling to mum - it was raining, she's two. What else was ever going to happen?

The kids had lunch behind closed doors while mum and dad got down to the serious business of an official visit. First was an official welcome from the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and his wife, Agata and things were clearly going well from the off as the quartet gave us one of the best co-ordinated waves we've seen in a long time.  After lunch, there was time for a quick walkabout to meet some of the children and wellwishers who had gathered at the Presidential Palace.

William and Kate's next engagement was a visit to the Warsaw Rising Museum which is dedicated to commemorating the events of 1944. The royal couple met some of those who lived through it and visited the Wall of Remembrance which records the names of those who died in the rising.

The rest of the afternoon was about looking forward and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met young entrepreneurs at the Spire in Warsaw and visited The Heart which is home to start up businesses.

The evening saw the couple attend a reception given in honour of the Queen's birthday by the British ambassador to Poland. George and Charlotte were tucked up in bed, presumably working out what to do on Wednesday when they next have an airport scene to steal.

Photo credit: Kensington Palace Twitter.

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