Monday 21 August 2017

Prince George and Princess Charlotte steal the show on first day of Poland and Germany tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Warsaw's Chopin Airport with Prince George and Princess Charlotte for the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. Photo credit : Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Warsaw's Chopin Airport with Prince George and Princess Charlotte for the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. Photo credit : Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at a military airport in Warsaw, Poland July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte arrive at Warsaw's Chopin Airport with The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George for the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. Photo credit : Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Warsaw's Chopin Airport with Prince George and Princess Charlotte for the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at a military airport in Warsaw, Poland July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Warsaw's Chopin Airport with Prince George and Princess Charlotte for the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany.Photo credit : Jane Barlow/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Warsaw's Chopin Airport with Prince George and Princess Charlotte for the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at a military airport in Warsaw, Poland July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
Prince George and Princess Charlotte look our the plane window as they arrive with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Warsaw's Chopin Airport for the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge, carrying Princess Charlotte, arrives with her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince George at Warsaw's Chopin Airport for the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. Photo credit : /PA Wire
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at a military airport in Warsaw, Poland July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Warsaw's Chopin Airport with Prince George and Princess Charlotte for the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Prince George at Warsaw's Chopin Airport with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte at the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. Photo credit : Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Prince George holding the hand of his father, the Duke of Cambridge, as he arrives at Warsaw's Chopin Airport with the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte for the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. Photo credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at a military airport in Warsaw, Poland July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Warsaw's Chopin Airport with Prince George and Princess Charlotte for the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. Photo credit : Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at a military airport in Warsaw, Poland July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Prince George and Princess Charlotte have stolen the show on the first day of the royal family's tour of Poland and Germany.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Warsaw with two-year-old Charlotte and three-year-old George after noon on Monday.

Princess Charlotte, wearing a printed red dress and pumps, was carried by her mother Kate while exiting the plane as George walked hand-in-hand with his father William.

The young prince needed a little encouragement as they descended the steps, with William holding his hand and coaching him as he stepped out.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte arrive at Warsaw's Chopin Airport with The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George for the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. Photo credit : Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte arrive at Warsaw's Chopin Airport with The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George for the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. Photo credit : Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Duchess looked effortlessly elegant in a matching white skirt and blazer, paired with her classic nude court heels, and wore her hair, dubbed the 'Kob', in loose curls.

Prince George continued his adorable tradition of pressing his face against the airplane window as the private jet arrived, with little Charlotte joining him and smiling at the waiting crowd.

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte look our the plane window as they arrive with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Warsaw's Chopin Airport for the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

William and Kate's trip, taken at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, is likely to be seen as another Brexit diplomacy tour, helping to maintain and strengthen the UK's relations with Europe as it leaves the EU.

George and Charlotte, who are getting used to travelling overseas having joined their parents in Canada last year for an official trip, are likely to be seen on only a few occasions during the tour of Poland and Germany, making appearances during arrivals and departures at the two countries, and possibly at one or two of the engagements.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Warsaw's Chopin Airport with Prince George and Princess Charlotte for the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Warsaw's Chopin Airport with Prince George and Princess Charlotte for the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A Kensington Palace spokesman has said: ''The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to this tour and are delighted with the exciting and varied programme that has been put together for it.

''They have decided that their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will travel with them and we expect the children to be seen on at least a couple of occasions over the course of the week."

William and Kate's five-day trip will begin with a welcome from President Andrzej Duda in the Polish capital, followed by a visit to the Warsaw Rising Museum, dedicated to the 1944 Polish uprising to liberate Warsaw from German occupation during the Second World War, and end with a Queen's birthday garden party.

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.

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at a military airport in Warsaw, Poland July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at a military airport in Warsaw, Poland July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

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.

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.

Prince George at Warsaw's Chopin Airport with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte at the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. Photo credit : Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Prince George at Warsaw's Chopin Airport with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte at the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. Photo credit : Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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.

Additional reporting by Press Association.

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at a military airport in Warsaw, Poland July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at a military airport in Warsaw, Poland July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

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