The itinerary of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s upcoming visit to Paris has been released.
The royal couple will visit Paris from 17-18 March, and, it is said, will be used to help smooth relationships with France as the Brexit process begins.
On Friday afternoon, the couple will arrive in Paris and meet with a representative of the French Government. They will then attend a reception at the British Embassy Paris to mark the launch of “Les Voisins” (English: The Cousins), which will celebrate the connections between the United Kingdom and France.
According to the official press release, “Their Royal Highnesses will meet young French leaders from the arts, sports, fashion, business, and voluntary sectors, as well as young military award winners.”
The reception will be hosted by The Queen’s Ambassador to France. Following this, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a black-tie dinner hosted by the Ambassador at the British Embassy Paris.
The next day, the royal couple will visit Les Invalides to learn about the site. Les Invalides is a collection of museums and monuments in Paris’s 7e arrondissement that are dedicated to the military history of France, and also includes a hospital and retirement home for veterans.
The Duke and Duchess will learn about how Les Invalides supports veterans and the particulars of their rehabilitation programmes. While there, they will meet survivors and first responders of the Bataclan and Nice attacks.
Finally, the couple will attend a Wales vs France RBS Six Nations match at the Stade du France. The Duke of Cambridge took over patronage of the Welsh Rugby Union from his grandmother last December, and this will be his first official engagement in his capacity as patron.
The itinerary was released a few days after it was announced that the Duke and Duchess will also visit Germany and Poland this summer.
Further details about the Germany/Poland visit will be released closer to the date.