Wunderbar! Thousands gather at The Brandenburg Gate to welcome Kate and William as Berlin catches royal fever
Couple are bidding farewell to Poland where they’ve spent two days celebrating the nation’s history, culture and ties with the UK
George and Charlotte seen for the second time on royal tour, after arriving with their parents on Monday morning
Couple will visit Brandenburg Gate and Holocaust memorial before private meeting with Angela Merkel
Tonight will celebrate the Queen’s birthday at a garden party at the British ambassador’s residence
They were greeted with rapturous scenes in Poland yesterday and today the citizens of Berlin proved that they too have caught royal fever.
Thousands lined the Pariser Platz to catch a glimpse of the royals as they visited the city’s historic Brandenburg gate.
Fans of the couple had gone out to give them a rapturous welcome, donning glittery Union Jack vests and waving flags, while one man even dressed up in the costume of one of the Queen’s guards, complete with a mock bearskin hat.
Earlier Kate apologised to Angela Merkel for not speaking German as she arrived for ‘extended’ discussions with the chancellor.
Welcoming The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the German chancery in Berlin, Mrs Merkel asked Kate if she spoke the language and the smiling Duchess replied: ‘No, no. Sorry.’
Kate’s lack of German language skills should not pose a problem during the visit however, as Mrs Merkel speaks English fluently.
Although rarely heard speaking the language in public, Mrs Merkel revealed her competency when she addressed parliament during a visit to the UK in 2014.
While she may have fallen down on the language front Kate, 35, as ever showed off her prowess at diplomatic dressing, donning a bespoke Catherine Walker coat and lace dress in the violet blue shade of Germany’s national bloom, the cornflower.
Flanked by security the beaming royal couple shook hands with Mrs Merkel as a European flag fluttered in the background.
The trio stood for pictures on a red carpet before Kate ushered William to stand between herself and Mrs Merkel for a final pose before heading into the chancellery for a private meeting.
William and Kate were due to spend an hour with Mrs Merkel for what Palace aides said was an ‘extended discussion’ and ‘lunch.’
According to German media, the trio will discuss topics such as European and global politics as well as community service projects over lunch at the chancellery.
German media said the long-planned visit was auspiciously timed as the negotiations on Britain leaving the EU get under way in fits and starts.
National broadsheet Sueddeutsche Zeitung called the young family ‘Her Majesty’s Secret Weapon’ and the German tour a ‘diplomatic mission’ with the enthusiastic backing of the Foreign Office.
‘They know better than anyone else on the island that the image of the United Kingdom on the continent is not the best at the moment,’ it said.
‘What could you do in this situation to indicate to your neighbours that Britain is of course a stable nation? Obviously, you send in the royals.’
News website Spiegel Online called the visit a ‘charm offensive’, adding: ‘The royals represent a kind of common sense that this hard ideological government of the Tories seems to have completely lost at the moment,’ its commentator Thomas Huetlin said.
Conservative daily Die Welt called the royal visit to Germany ‘a kind of rescue mission’ a year after the fateful Brexit referendum which stunned the remaining 27 EU member states.
‘William and Kate are in Germany with their children to lighten the mood,’ it wrote.
The royal couple landed at Berlin Tegel airport this morning to begin their first official visit to Germany, accompanied by their children Charlotte and George.
The three-year-old Prince looked less than impressed with proceedings, tugging at his mother Kate’s coat to get her attention as she made her way along the receiving line on arrival at Berlin Tegel Airport.
Source: DAILYMAIL MAILONLINE
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