From foreground left, Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge holding Princess Charlotte, Prince William and Prince George walk past honor guards, during the arrival ceremony, at the airport, in Warsaw , Poland, Monday, July 17, 2017. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children have arrived in Poland, the first leg of a goodwill trip to two European Union nations that seeks to underscore Britain's friendly ties despite its negotiations to leave the bloc. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

British royals arrive in Poland at start of a EU visit

July 17, 2017 - 9:00 am

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children arrived in Poland on Monday, on the first leg of a goodwill trip to two European Union nations that is intended to underscore Britain's friendly ties with a bloc that it's in the process of leaving.

After arriving at Warsaw's airport, they were driven in a motorcade to meet President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda at the Presidential Palace for lunch.

According to the Polish hosts, the schedule of this "respect and friendship" visit includes a walk in the Old Town, a visit to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising Museum, where the pair will mix with World War II veterans. They will then have a meeting with representatives from Polish and British business.

In the evening, Prince William is to deliver a speech during a reception in the historic Lazienki Park in honor of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

On their first official visit to Poland the couple were accompanied by their children, Prince George, who will be 4 on Saturday, and Princess Charlotte, 2. The children are expected to draw wide attention on a trip being characterized by the British press as part of a charm offensive to soften Britain's Brexit diplomacy.

On arrival, Princess Catherine was wearing a white skirt and jacket and carrying her daughter, Princess Charlotte, who was dressed in a pink flowered sleeveless dress. Prince William was wearing a dark suit and Prince George, was attired in short trousers and a shirt.

On Tuesday, the royals will travel to the Baltic coast city of Gdansk, where they will meet the former president, Lech Walesa, who was instrumental in bringing about the end of communism in Poland. On Wednesday, they head to Germany.

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