William and Kate’s official visit to Poland started today (July 17th, 2017). The royal couple and their two children landed in Warsaw, the country’s capital city, shortly after midday local time.
The Cambridge family are visiting Poland and Germany this week on behalf of the Queen, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
A number of journalists have called the five-day visit “another Brexit diplomacy tour”. (Kate has visited France and Luxembourg already this year). People hope the visits will strengthen the UK’s ties with Europe ahead of the next round of Brexit negotiations in Brussels.
Prince George didn’t look too happy about coming along on the trip…
This is the couple’s first official joint visit to Germany and Poland. (Though, William made an official visit to Germany last summer).
Kensington Palace state that “Their Royal Highnesses will take time during the tour to acknowledge the complex 20th century history of each country.”
First, William and Kate travelled to the Presidential Palace where they were officially welcomed to Poland by the country’s President and First Lady.
Before heading inside, the Royals took a moment to walk around and chat with the Polish people waiting to see them:
As you can imagine, there’s a lot of media interest in the trip!
Next, everybody headed inside the palace.
After, the couple visited the Warsaw Rising Museum.
The museum is dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.
The Uprising saw the Polish resistance Home Army attempt to liberate Warsaw from German occupation.
The royal couple spent a little time touring the museum with the Polish President and the First Lady.
They also met with veterans.
Everybody lit candles to remember those involved with the Uprising.
This evening, William and Kate will attend a party hosted by the British Ambassador to Poland.
William, Kate, Charlotte and George looked very colour coordinated in red, white and blue outfits. Red and white are Poland’s national colours. While red, white and blue are Great Britain’s national colours.
Kate’s white coat dress is from one of her favourite British labels, Alexander McQueen.
The coat dress was quickly found by the fabulous Elizabeth from Kate’s Closet. It features a v-neckline, bracelet-length sleeves, a knee-length skirt and peplum detailing at the waist. Below, we show the coat dress at Net-A-Porter in ivory, where it currently retails for $1,538 USD / £798 GBP:
Note: It is unclear if Kate is wearing a bespoke white version of this ivory coat, or if the colour difference is due to lighting. (Net-A-Porter will shoot in a studio, while the photographers following Kate will be using natural outdoor lighting).
Kate chose her trusty Gianvito Rossi pumps in Praline:
The Italian-made shoes feature a sleek pointed toe and a slim stiletto heel. They’re hand-finished using smooth taupe suede leather. The Praline colour is now back in stock in at Net-A-Porter.com. (Note: the 100mm heel size is now back in stock. We believe Kate wears the 105mm heel size.)
Kate’s carrying her Jenny Packham Casa clutch in red.
Laprendo.com previously sold a blue version of the bag for $1,010 SGP, roughly £1,300 GBP / $1,700 USD. They described the clutch as follows:
[This] evening solid frame box clutch in blue features angular enamel and a crystal encrusted clasp with silk cotton lining, small inside pocket and a matching mirror.
You may recall that she last carried the red clutch in Canada, on tour last year.
Kate’s wearing lots of new jewellery today. She’s wearing a necklace, ring and earrings with red stones. We have no further information about these at the moment –
However, while hunting for the necklace, my friend Natasha found this wonderful “RepliKate”.
Kate’s wearing a belt around her coat. Michelle thinks it could be an Alexander McQueen belt too. I tend to agree with her:
— MF Stylist Perth (@PerthsFashion) July 17, 2017
MORE UPDATES TO FOLLOW.
Queen’s Birthday Party: Jonathan Knott, the British Ambassador to Poland, will host a large birthday party in honour of the Queen at the Orangery in Łazienki Park this evening. We expect to see Kate in a glamorous gown or a lovely cocktail dress.
A playroom fit for a prince & princess:
The Cambridge family will stay at Belweder Palace during their time in Warsaw. Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be based at the palace while their parents tour Poland. Andrzej Duda, the President of Poland, tweeted the following photographs from the palace, which gives us a glimpse into the children’s play areas:
The New York Times listed Maps by Polish illustrators A & D Mizielinski among the most beautiful children’s albums of 2013. Mr Miniscule and the Whale is a piece of classic Polish literature by children’s author Julian Tuwim, who loved word games and tongue twisters.
All three books are written in English and can be found in UK libraries as part of the “Polish shelf project”, or on Amazon.
Tomorrow, William and Kate will travel to Gdansk. They’ll stop en route to visit a former Nazi Germany Concentration Camp and meet with five former prisoners.
They’ll also attend a street party, visit the Gdansk Shakespeare theatre and attend a small reception for Polish people from the world of theatre, arts, culture and media. The visit in Gdansk will end with a trip to the European Solidarity Centre, the home of the Solidarity movement in Poland. The couple will tour the museum and lay a wreath at the foot of the Solidarity monument.
Find more tour info at Royal.UK