Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrived in Poland Monday as part of a five-day tour of that country and of Germany.
They are following a similar itinerary as President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, who visited Poland two weeks ago ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children walks past honor guards during the arrival ceremony at the airport in Warsaw, Poland. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group
When it comes to foreign tours by members of the British royal family, the focus generally isn’t on serious diplomatic matters but on fashion, photo ops at cultural sites and waving to cheering crowds.
Trump, in contrast, had serious things to say. He used his visit to Warsaw to voice his fears about the decline of Western civilization and to try and bolster ties with a leadership that he views as hospitable to his nationalist message.
But William and Kate actually have serious work ahead of them. Their visit to Warsaw comes at a precarious time in U.K.’s relations with its European allies, as well as with the United States. According to the office of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the British government is hoping “to reap some diplomatic benefit” from a trip involving its popular young couple, Newsweek reported.
The U.K. very much needs to drum up good will on the continent, as Brexit negotiations begin and the U.K. begins to disentangle itself from the European Union, Newsweek said. While in Poland, William, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and the second in line to the British throne, and his wife will be expected to do all they can to remind the Polish people of the strength of the social, cultural and economic ties between the two countries.
Their Brexit “charm offensive,” as some are calling it, may involve the brief deployment of special weapons — George and Charlotte. The young prince, 3, and his sister, 2, accompanied their parents to meet President Andrzej Duda and Poland’s First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda, the BBC reported.
The parents then joined President Duda and his wife at the presidential palace to greet well wishers.
President Donald Trump and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump next to Poland’s President Andrzej Duda and Poland’s first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda in Warsaw on July 6. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
By the way, there were no reports …
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