A Very Warm Welcome! Hundreds of royal fans line the streets to welcome Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William

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Witaj Polsko! Hundreds of royal fans line the streets to welcome Kate and William to Warsaw as they kick off an action-packed trip to Poland

  • Duke and Duchess arrived at Warsaw’s Chopin airport just before midday
  • Were accompanied by their children George, three, and Charlotte, two
  • Couple went straight to a meeting with Polish president Andrzej Duda
  • After lunch they were greeted by huge crowds outside presidential palace 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shook hands with the crowd and signed autographs in Poland on Monday at the start of a two-country goodwill trip that is intended to underscore Britain’s friendly ties with the European Union that it is in the process of leaving.

Kate and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda were presented with bouquets by two young wellwishers outside the presidential palace in Warsaw
Kate and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda were presented with bouquets by two young wellwishers outside the presidential palace in Warsaw

After arriving at Warsaw’s airport, they were driven in a motorcade to meet President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda at the Presidential Palace for lunch and a stroll around the palace gardens.

After lunch the royal couple were greeted by a huge crowd waving British and Polish flags and taking photos, as they took a brief walk in front of the palace.

Prince William engaged in conversation with a young schoolboy outside the presidential palace, although not all members of the crowd looked impressed
Prince William engaged in conversation with a young schoolboy outside the presidential palace, although not all members of the crowd looked impressed

Next stop on the ‘respect and friendship’ tour includes was a visit to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising Museum, dedicated to the uprising of 1944 which saw the Polish resistance Home Army attempt to liberate Warsaw from German occupation.

The pair chatted to World War II veterans and were then due to have a meeting with representatives from Polish and British business.

The Duchess looked delighted to be introduced to some young royal fans after lunch at the presidential palace
The Duchess looked delighted to be introduced to some young royal fans after lunch at the presidential palace

In the evening, Prince William is set to deliver a speech during a reception in the historic Lazienki Park in honor of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

On their first official visit to Poland the couple were accompanied by their children, Prince George, who will be four on Saturday, and Princess Charlotte, two.

The children are expected to draw wide attention on a trip being characterised by the British press as part of a charm offensive to soften Britain’s Brexit diplomacy.

where she had the chance to get to know the Polish First Lady Agata Duda
where she had the chance to get to know the Polish First Lady Agata Duda

Warsaw’s Belvedere Palace, where they are residing during the visit, has had playground toys installed.

On Tuesday, the royals will travel to the Baltic coast city of Gdansk, where they will visit a replica of Shakespeare’s theater and meet the former president, Lech Walesa, who was instrumental in bringing about the end of communism in Poland. On Wednesday, they head to Berlin.

The Duchess speaks to World War II veterans during a visit to the Warsaw Rising Museum in Warsaw
The Duchess speaks to World War II veterans during a visit to the Warsaw Rising Museum in Warsaw

During their five-day tour William and Kate will also meet survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi oppression as they acknowledge the complex 20th century histories of each country.

In Poland, they will tour the former Stutthof concentration camp where 65,000 people died at the hands of their captors, and also visit Berlin’s Holocaust museum and memorial.

They will also tour the site of Gdansk’s shipyards, the birthplace of Poland’s Solidarity movement that helped topple Communist rule.

All smiles! Kate looked in great spirits as she mingled with local schoolchildren outside Warsaw's presidential palace
All smiles! Kate looked in great spirits as she mingled with local schoolchildren outside Warsaw’s presidential palace

Here they will meet with founding members of the organisation but it is not known if Lech Walesa, Poland’s former president and leader of its peaceful pro-democracy struggle, will be present.

Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a private meeting with the royal couple in Berlin at the start of the German leg of their tour on Wednesday, and afterwards William and Kate will visit the Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of German unification.

Kate shakes hands with wellwishers during a walkabout outside the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on day one of the royal visit to Poland
Kate shakes hands with wellwishers during a walkabout outside the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on day one of the royal visit to Poland

The mood will change when the duke and duchess renew their friendly sporting rivalry, that seems to play a part in most of their trips, when they visit the picturesque Germany city of Heidelberg, twinned with Cambridge.

William and Kate will take to the waters of the River Neckar to cox opposing rowing teams in a race with crews from drawn from Cambridge and Heidelberg.

As a mother-of-two the Duchess has plenty of experience with children and looked completely at ease as she chatted to young wellwishers
As a mother-of-two the Duchess has plenty of experience with children and looked completely at ease as she chatted to young wellwishers
The Duchess strolled with the Polish head of state while William chatted to the First Lady at the Presidential Palace
The Duchess strolled with the Polish head of state while William chatted to the First Lady at the Presidential Palace
Wave for the camera! Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge pose for a photo with President of Poland Andrzej Duda and the first Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda
Wave for the camera! Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge pose for a photo with President of Poland Andrzej Duda and the first Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are greeted by Poland's President Andrzej Duda and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda,in front of the presidential palace
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are greeted by Poland’s President Andrzej Duda and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda,in front of the presidential palace
The couple visited the Warsaw Rising Museum along with the President of Poland and his wife
The couple visited the Warsaw Rising Museum along with the President of Poland and his wife
Prince William and the Polish First Lady sat down with World War II veterans to learn about their wartime experiences
Prince William and the Polish First Lady sat down with World War II veterans to learn about their wartime experiences
Rapturous welcome! On their first official visit to Poland, the couple were certainly made to feel at home
Rapturous welcome! On their first official visit to Poland, the couple were certainly made to feel at home
A gift for George and Charlotte Prince William is handed a toy dog by a wellwisher
A gift for George and Charlotte Prince William is handed a toy dog by a wellwisher
The royal waves to crowds who lined the streets to greet the royal visitors
The royal waves to crowds who lined the streets to greet the royal visitors

Source: DAILYMAIL MAILONLINE

Tags: Prince William, kate Middleton, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Poland, Crowd, Street, People, Fans, People, Communist Rule, Poland’s Solidarity Movement, Stutthof concentration camp,  20th century histories

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