William and Kate to make five-day visit to Poland and Germany
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit likely to be viewed as a Brexit diplomacy tour.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make a five-day official visit to Poland and Germany in mid-July, Kensington Palace has confirmed.
William and Kate will begin their trip on July 17 in Poland’s capital Warsaw and end in the German city of Hamburg on July 21.
They are making the trip at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and it 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.
Update: The Duke and Duchess will tour Poland and Germany from 17-21 July visiting Warsaw, Gdansk, Berlin, Heidelberg and Hamburg. pic.twitter.com/AeuYauUtlG— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 13, 2017
It is not thought the couple will be taking their young children Prince George and Princess Charlotte on tour with them.
Kensington Palace declined to comment when asked if the Cambridges would be accompanied by their children.
During their tour William and Kate will also visit Gdansk in Poland, Germany’s capital Berlin and Heidelberg.
William travelled to Germany last summer, visiting Dusseldorf for a series of events honouring the role of British armed forces based in the country.
During a gala event, where the Duke gave a speech alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel, William claimed the “depth” of Britain’s friendship with Germany would not change after Brexit.
The British monarchy has close ties with the European country, as a succession of sovereigns from George I, born in what is now modern Germany and who acceded to the throne in 1714, to William IV, who died in 1830, were also rulers of Hanover in Germany.
The 300th anniversary of what is known as the “personal union” was celebrated in 2014, and the year before the milestone, princesses Beatrice and Eugenie visited Germany to highlight the event.
During a state visit to Germany in 2015, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation by British forces.
Kate has yet to make an official trip to Germany and the Cambridges have not toured Poland before on behalf of the Government.
Kensington Palace said full details of the visit would be released at a later date.