Prince George and Princess Charlotte will tour Poland and Germany with their parents, Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge, later this month, in a second overseas adventure for the popular royal children aimed at helping maintain smooth relations with Europe.
On Monday, Kensington Palace announced the schedule for the Cambridges’ upcoming five-day tour, starting July 17 in Warsaw, Poland, with the news that George and Charlotte will be going along on the trip, undertaken at the request of the British Foreign Office.
"They have decided that their children, Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, 2, 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," the palace statement said.
It will be the second overseas tour for the two children; in October, the family of four toured British Columbia for a week in western Canada. George, who turns 4 on July 22 (the day after they return from Europe), also accompanied his parents on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia in 2014, when he was about 8 months old.
These trips are always popular with the locals, even when it’s just Will and Kate, who looked her usual glowing self on Monday attending the first day of Wimbledon in a polka-dot dress and with a noticeably shorter cut for her glossy locks.
The trip to Poland and German will be another opportunity to glimpse the royal kids in public following several recent public and semi-public events, such as their palace balcony appearance after the Trooping the Colour parade on June 17, and their roles as page boy and bridesmaid at the May 20 wedding of their aunt Pippa Middleton.
The Poland/Germany tour is part of an ongoing effort by the British government to use one of its most valuable assets — the British royal family and the Cambridges in particular — to maintain good public relations with European countries as Britain prepares to exit from the European Union over the next two years. In March, Will and Kate went to Paris on their first official visit as a couple, and Will’s first official visit since his mother, the late Princess Diana, died there in a car crash Aug. 31, 1997.
"(The Cambridges) look forward to a busy and impactful tour and are grateful that they will have the opportunity to meet the Polish and German people – such important friends of the United Kingdom – as a family," in the words of the palace statement.
The tour will include the usual menu of opportunities for the royal couple to meet people in business, government and culture at dinners, receptions and parties, with a priority on their specific interest in meeting young entrepreneurs, mental health advocates and "bright young talents in music and the arts."
The tour will acknowledge the complex 20th-century histories of each country, the palace statement said, with visits to a museum dedicated to the 1944 Warsaw uprising, to a Nazi concentration camp, and to the Berlin Holocaust Memorial. "At each location, Their Royal Highnesses will meet survivors of these periods who will describe their personal experiences."
They will take in the scenery and architectural marvels of Poland and Germany, wander through parks and the charming market of Gdansk flanked by terracotta houses and cobbled pathways, take part in a rowing race on the Neckar River in Heidelberg, and tour the spectacular Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg.
In Poland, they will tour the Warsaw Rising Museum; visit Stutthof, the first Nazi concentration camp set up outside Germany, and meet former prisoners of the camp; take in the Gdansk Shakespeare Theater; and visit the Gdansk shipyard where they will meet with founding members of the Solidarity Movement.
In Germany, they will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel; visit the landmark Brandenburg Gate; meet with people working in mental health and cancer research charities; visit the Heidelberg, where they’ll compete in a rowing competition; and Hamburg, where they will tour one of the largest concert halls in the world, the “Elphi,” opened in January 2017 with the aim of creating a new city landmark.