The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will go on an official tour of Poland and Germany. The visit begins in Warsaw on the 17th and ends in Hamburg on the 21st of this month.
The trip was requested by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The Royal Family have been visiting several European countries in the last few months to act as ambassadors and maintain good relations following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union in what is seen as a charm offensive.
While the Duke visited Germany last summer, this visit will be the first visit to Poland and Germany undertaken by the royal duo. They will also be joined by Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
It is not the first time their children have travelled with them on working visits. Just last year, George and Charlotte joined their parents on a visit to Canada.
A press release from Kensington Palace highlighted the eagerness of the royal couple to meet a “wide variety” of people as they have done in previous tours. While meeting leaders in business, government and civil society, the Duke and Duchess also wish to prioritise meeting young entrepreneurs, mental health campaigners and artists.
Upon arriving in Warsaw, the Duke and Duchess will be greeted by President Duda and the First Lady to officially welcome them to Poland.
Highlights from the Polish leg of the visit include a visit to the Warsaw Rising Museum which is dedicated to the uprising of 1944 when the Polish resistance attempted to liberate Warsaw from German Occupation. It took the German Army 63 days to defeat them. The Duke and Duchess will meet veterans from the resistance and light candles in memory of those who lost their lives.
On the second day, they will visit the former Concentration Camp, Stutthoff. The camp was one of the last to be liberated by the Allies. Of the 110,000 people imprisoned in the camp, 65,000 of them died, including 28,000 Jews. The Duke and Duchess will meet five former prisoners of the camp.
Following that they will visit the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre where the Prince of Wales serves as a patron. The theatre opened in 2014 and is home to an annual Shakespeare festival. The Duke and Duchess will attend a special performance and then attend a special reception that highlights Poles from the world of arts, culture and media.
The third day concludes the visit to Poland. Upon arriving in Germany, the Duke and Duchess will have a private meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
After their meeting, they will visit Brandenburg Gate where they will greet crowds. They will then head to the Holocaust Memorial where they will tour the museum before walking through the memorial.
The royals will also visit a German charity called Strassenkinder which helps homeless and disadvantaged children. Their Royal Highnesses will meet some of the young people who are receiving help from the charity.
On the fourth day, they will visit Heidelberg, a German city twinned with Cambridge since 1945. During the tour to the city, they will visit the German Cancer Research Centre where they will meet researchers and view the important work being undertaken there.
The Duke and Duchess will take part in a friendly rowing competition where they will be joined by rowers from Cambridge and Heidelberg.
Day five includes visits to Hamburg where they will visit the Maritime Museum and the Airbus company base.
The visit to Airbus marks the end of the royal visit.