In pictures: Kate and William toast the Queen’s birthday in Berlin
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had an eventful first day in Germany.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge rounded off a full day on the opening leg of their trip to Germany by attending the Queen’s birthday party.
William and Kate raised a glass to the monarch at the British ambassadorial residence in Berlin.
The Duke and Duchess met guests from the worlds of business and culture, as well as representatives of the British Community in Germany. pic.twitter.com/CPRCLS0BCg— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 19, 2017
in a speech, the Duke of Cambridge repeated his belief that Britain and Germany will remain “the firmest of friends” despite the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
William, echoing comments he made last year during a trip to Germany, told guests at a Berlin garden party the relationship between the two countries “really matters”.
In his speech at The Queen's Garden Party, The Duke said: The United Kingdom and Germany proudly share the same values... pic.twitter.com/w3SEqpM0wL— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 19, 2017
Britain’s ambassador to Germany Sir Sebastian Wood hosted the evening but he was left a little red faced before a toast to the Queen when he spotted Kate and William were empty handed.
He told the crowd: “Oh dear. We have no glasses. This is where we do what the British say and, ‘Keep calm and carry on.'”
As the party waited and no drink appeared, he said: “No I’m sorry. I won’t carry on. There are hundreds of glasses here, can we please have one?”
The couple later mingled with guests who packed the lush green grounds surrounding the ambassador’s sprawling home in Berlin sipping Pimms and champagne.
Earlier, 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 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.
Thank you Berlin for such a warm welcome to Germany! pic.twitter.com/3T1yxv340R— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 19, 2017