2017 Tour of Poland and Germany

 

Monday, July 17:

  • The Duke, Duchess, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive in Warsaw, Poland.
  • The family will be greeted by Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda at the Presidential Palace.
  • The Duke and Duchess then visit the Warsaw Rising Museum, dedicated to the 1944 uprising against the German occupation. Kate & William will tour the Museum, meet with veterans and light candles.
  • The next engagement is at the Heart Warsaw, a business incubator for corporate startups and collaboration.
  • That evening the Duke and Duchess attend a birthday party for the Queen hosted by the British Ambassador to Poland, Jonathan Knott, at the picturesque Orangery at Lazienki Park. The event will be sizable, with 600 invited guests; Prince William will deliver remarks at the function.
  • Kate and William then return to Belvedere Palace in Warsaw, where the family and staff are staying while in Warsaw.

Tuesday, July 18:

  • The Duke and Duchess visit Stutthof Concentration Camp, the first Nazi camp set up outside German borders; while at the camp TRH will meet five Holocaust survivors.
  • The couple then travels to Gdansk (about 20 miles from Stutthof) where their first event is a street party at the city’s famous Old Market Square. The couple will watch “amber craftsmen at work, and listen to local musicians and artists.”
  • Kate and William’s next engagement is at the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre, opened in 2014.  Williams father, the Prince of Wales, is the Theatre’s Patron. The couple will watch a special performance and “…attend a small reception inside the theatre for Poles from the world of arts, culture and media.”
  • The final stop is the European Solidarity Centre, located in the Gdansk shipyards, where the Solidarity movement was founded. The Duke and Duchess will tour the Centre’s Museum, meet founding members of the Solidarity movement and lay a wreath at the organization’s iconic Monument. 
  •  The duo will then join George and Charlotte for another night at Belvedere Palace.

 Wednesday, July 19:

Thursday, July 20:

  • Day four of the tour begins with an engagement at the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg, where they will meet researchers and visit the stem cell research lab. Heidelberg is a twin (akin to a sister city) City to Cambridge
  • The next stop, the famed ruins of Heidelberg Castle, considered by many the world’s best-known palace ruin site.
  • Kate and William then do a walkabout in Heidelberg’s Marketplatz, or Market Square, before meeting Heidelberg’s Mayor, Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner
  • We then have a repeat of an event first seen during the 2011 Canada Tour, a friendly rowing competition. The race will be on the River Neckar; one team will have rowers from Cambridge and the other from Heidelberg.
  • That evening Kate and William attend a reception for the creative industries at Clärchens Ballhaus
  • The Cambridges spend the night at the Ambassador’s residence.

Friday, July 21:

  • The final day of the tour begins in Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city, with a visit to the city’s Maritime Museum. The Duke and Duchess celebrate the UK-German Year of Science; an initiative focused on the world’s oceans.
  • The couple’s next engagement is at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, one of the largest concert halls in the world.  Kate and William will hear a special performance for children by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.   
  • The final official stop of the tour is the Airbus Hamburg Campus, where the Duke and Duchess will meet German and English apprentices and see the final assembly of an A320 aircraft.
  • The tour concludes here, as the group departs directly from Airbus and returns to London.

NOTES:

  • George and Charlotte are not expected at any of the official events; it is likely we’ll only see them at airport arrival/departure points
  • the schedule is condensed from a Kensington Palace news release about the tour and a news release issued by the British Embassy in Berlin
  • Kensington Palace shows official hashtags of #RoyalVisitPoland and #RoyalVisitGermany; the Berlin Embassy also includes #Freundship
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  8 Responses to “2017 Tour of Poland and Germany”

  1. She could add a colorful scarf or something for the street fair.

  2. I’m very curious how Kate will style a visit to a concentration camp immediately followed by a street fair! Possibly an outfit change between?

    • It’s likely the strongest factors for what the Duchess wears at both Holocaust engagements will be her desire to be as understated as possible; she won’t want to detract in any way from the gravity and significance of the occasions. I expect we will see her in subdued, simple styles. As far as the upbeat occasions following the Stutthof Concentration Camp and Berlin Holocaust Memorial visits, I don’t think it will be a wardrobe issue, but more of a psychological and emotional challenge. I can only imagine how difficult it will be to make that turn after personally witnessing the horror and meeting with people who somehow survived.

      • I agree completely with the psychological shift being a challenging one. I also think being in such an emotional place with cameras around must be beyond challenging. The Duchess always manages to dress appropriately for these occasions so I’m really looking forward to seeing her choices.
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        • I agree, I visited Dachau Concentration camp in Munich and the rest of the day was affected in some way from the gravity of the things I saw/read/experienced.

  3. Amazing job with the post and the break down!
    Great job!
    Now the question is, which event will the kids atttend?
    Other than the rowing competition as spectators, I cannot clearly say another one :p

    • What about July 21 – special performance for children?

      • That is a good question. My guess is they may both be too young, the children at the concert may be school age, perhaps five and older…? We won’t know until the event itself, but the royal reporters have said it’s unlikely they will be at any events. But it would be a nice surprise, no? :)

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