First official posy for Princess Charlotte as William and Kate arrive in Berlin
Thousands turn up to welcome the family to the German capital.
Princess Charlotte stole the show during the latest leg of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s European tour – scampering up the plane’s steps and receiving her first official bouquet.
When William and Kate said goodbye to Poland, the two-year-old scaled the private jet’s steep steps using her hands and feet.
Kate watched carefully as her daughter made her way up to the cabin of the Embraer Legacy 600 jet, following her brother, Prince George, who had been eager to board the flight to Berlin.
When the plane touched down in Berlin, where a small group of officials were waiting to greet the royal visitors, Charlotte was spotted peering out of a window.
After clambering up the plane steps in Warsaw, the journey down them in Berlin was slower, with the young princess holding on to a rail with one hand while clasping Kate’s fingers with the other.
Till Knorn, the German government’s head of protocol, presented the Duchess and her daughter with a posy each.
Charlotte’s floral gift was a miniature version of her mother’s and, as she smelt her bouquet, George, who was holding William’s hand, reached out for Kate’s posy and she lifted it out of his way.
Kate, who was wearing a Catherine Walker dress, walked off the red carpet with her daughter, husband and son to start their three-day tour of Germany.
Later the Duke and Duchess had extended discussions with Chancellor Angela Merkel, meeting her at the German Chancellery.
Kate and William – both wearing blue which is seen as representative of unity and solidarity in the EU – have been dubbed Brexit ambassadors, helping to maintain ties with Europe as Britain leaves the EU.
Welcoming Kate, Mrs Merkel asked if she spoke German to which a smiling Kate replied: “No, no. Sorry.”
The Duke and Duchess arrive to a wonderful welcome at Strassenkinder, a charity in East Berlin that supports vulnerable young people. pic.twitter.com/62vbY7o76t— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 19, 2017
Thousands turned out to see William and Kate walk through the capital’s famous Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of German unification, which for many years was trapped in the No-Man’s Land between the Berlin Wall.
The couple walk through the Field of Stelae. The Memorial contains 2711concrete blocks and represents the enormity of the Holocaust. pic.twitter.com/m852xQDykF— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 19, 2017
The couple were cheered as they arrived by around 2,000 people who had stood in sweltering conditions to catch a glimpse of the royal visitors.
Some were lucky enough to chat to the Duke and Duchess when they went on a quick walkabout before posing for a picture with the monument in the background.