Upcoming Royal Visit: Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William EU Charm Offensive

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Kate and William’s EU charm offensive: The REAL reason couple will visit Sweden and Norway

KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William will visit Scandinavian countries, Sweden and Norway, at the end of this month, where they hope to drum up support for the UK as Brexit talks continue.

The Royal couple will start their four-day charm offensive at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and officials hope their popularity abroad will strengthen Britain’s hand in negotiations.

As Britain prepares to leave the EU, the royal family have frequently and repeatedly visited Europe.

Richard Fitzwilliams, the royal expert, told Express: “This is part of the royal family’s goodwill trips to European countries after the Brexit vote.

“These trips are a skillful exercise in soft power.”

The royal couple met members of the Coventry community in the rebuilt cathedral Photo (C) GETTY
The royal couple met members of the Coventry community in the rebuilt cathedral Photo (C) GETTY

This is the first time Kate and Prince William, who are expecting their third child in April, will visit Sweden and Norway, where they will be hosted by the local royal families.

The tour comes after visits to Poland and Germany last year with their young children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who will not accompany them on the Euro jaunt this time.

Just months before, the couple visited Paris – the first time William has been on a royal duty in the city since his mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash there.

The Scandinavian tour will take place between January and February 2.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted by crowds at Coventry Cathedral [Photo Getty]
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted by crowds at Coventry Cathedral [Photo Getty]

This is part of the royal family’s goodwill trips to European countries after the Brexit vote

Richard Fitzwilliams, royal expert

The royal couple was due to visit the two Scandinavian countries last year, but it was postponed due to the pregnant Duchess suffering from acute morning sickness.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock (9323128z) Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge at Coventry Cathedral Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge visit Coventry, UK - 16 Jan 2018 Their Royal Highnesses will visit Coventry Cathedral, where they will hear about its history before meeting staff and volunteers at the Cathedral's café, a social enterprise aimed at providing work and opportunity for those overcoming drug and alcohol addictions. The Duke and Duchess will open the new Science and Health building at Coventry University where they will meet students and see the various areas of specialty taught at the faculty. Finally Their Royal Highnesses will visit the Positive Youth Foundation, which works with young people who find themselves living in challenging circumstances.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock 
Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge at Coventry Cathedral
Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge visit Coventry, UK – 16 Jan 2018
Their Royal Highnesses will visit Coventry Cathedral, where they will hear about its history before meeting staff and volunteers at the Cathedral’s café, a social enterprise aimed at providing work and opportunity for those overcoming drug and alcohol addictions. The Duke and Duchess will open the new Science and Health building at Coventry University where they will meet students and see the various areas of specialty taught at the faculty. Finally Their Royal Highnesses will visit the Positive Youth Foundation, which works with young people who find themselves living in challenging circumstances.

With Kate due to give birth to her third child in just three months, Mr. Fitzwilliams, said it is hard to predict when she is likely to slow down.

The 36-year-old duchess was busy in London on Wednesday when she visited Great Ormond Street Hospital and a school in Mitcham.

Mr. Fitzwilliams said: “Kate suffers from acute morning sickness and is doing what she feels able to.

“We don’t know how it will affect her future engagements as this debilitating condition is unpredictable, sometimes easing as the pregnancy progresses.”

Kate Middleton came to the aid of an ill 10-year-old boy today in Coventry Photo (C) GETTY, PA
Kate Middleton came to the aid of an ill 10-year-old boy today in Coventry Photo (C) GETTY, PA

William’s father Prince Charles and wife Camilla have also been involved in the European charm offensive after Brexit.

Last year, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall set out on a nine-day visit to Romania, Italy, and Austria.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

Tags: Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, Duchess Kate

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