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Little ambassadors Prince George and Princess Charlotte touched down in Warsaw today to join their mother and father on a diplomatic mission.
The royal children flew into Poland aboard a 10-seater jet at the start of their week-long two country tour.
George appeared a little reluctant to get off the private jet at first, however he descended the steps of the jet when his dad William had a quiet word with him.
Kate swept daughter Charlotte her into her arms as they made their way onto the tarmac.
Then all four walked along the red carpet into the VIP terminal at the Military side of Warsaw airport.
At the foot of the steps waiting to greet them was Jonathan Knott, Britain’s Ambassador to Poland and his Polish counterpart in Britain Arkady Rzegocki.
The UK Foreign Office is banking on capitalising on the “soft power” impact of the stellar couple and their children in the battle to win hearts and minds.
For this visit – first to Poland and then to Germany – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will inevitably be judged in the context of Brexit.
For the future King George, 3, and his little sister Charlotte, 2, such diplomatic foreign forays with mum and dad are a fun distraction – however it will one day become their lifestyle.
The little royals will not be seen much on the visits – only at arrivals and departures from countries and not at any official engagements.
Kensington Palace said George and Charlotte will only be seen in public “on at least a couple of occasions over the course of the week”.
They will be cared for by the royal nanny while William and Kate carry out and hectic round of officials engagements.
The five-day tour at the request of the Foreign Office is Kate’s first trip to Germany and the couple have not toured Poland before.
During last year’s visit to Germany, William gave a speech at a gala event alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying the “depth” of Britain’s friendship with Germany would not change after Brexit.
Today they will be welcomed first in Warsaw by President Andrzej Duda.
They will visit the Warsaw Rising Museum, devoted to the bloody 1944 Polish uprising to free Nazi occupied Warsaw in World War Two.
William and Kate will also meet survivors of the Holocaust and the brutal atrocity of Hitler’s occupation.
While the couple are In Poland, they will visit the site of Stutthof concentration camp where 65,000 people were murdered by the Nazis.
They will also tour the site of Gdansk’s shipyards, that in the early 1980s became the first independent labour union in a Soviet-bloc country and gave rise to an anti-communist social movement that greatly contributed to the fall of communism.
While in Germany later in the week, Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a private meeting with Prince William and his wife in Berlin before they carry out an engagement at the Brandenburg Gate, an emblem of German unification. They will also visit Berlin’s Holocaust museum and memorial.
In Heidelberg, twinned with Cambridge, they will take part – in separate boats – in a race as cox to opposing rowing teams in the race with crews from Cambridge and Heidelberg.
The Foreign Office believe such Royal visits play a “very important role” in the UK bilateral diplomacy bolstering cultural, economic or political, between the UK and the host country.
The appearance of Team Cambridge, of course, may not impact any negotiations, but the Foreign Office believes it will help strengthen bilateral ties once the UK finally quits the EU.
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