UK Royals to travel to Poland


The Duke and Duchess will then attend Berlin's Holocaust museum and memorial, while a boat race is later planned in the German city of Heidelberg. We hope that Prince William and Duchess Kate assured George-who turns 4 on Saturday-that this week is basically just a prolonged birthday celebration for him.

The royal family knows how to make an entrance! In 1917, as anti-German feelings rose during World War I, Queen Elizabeth's grandfather, King George V, chose to drop the German surname Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in favour of Windsor.

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. The first was previous year when the family of four spent eight days travelling around Canada's Pacific coast.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their two children - four-year-old Prince George and two-year-old Princess Charlotte - traveled to Poland on Monday, part of a week-long royal tour of that country, and Germany, on behalf of Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. As the Daily Mail assessed, Prince George looked "a little overwhelmed" by the crowd amassed on the ground in Poland.

The Duchess of Cambridge (in Alexander McQueen) and Princess Charlotte.

WireImage Princess Charlotte giving a wave while sitting in her mother's arms. This is William and Kate's first official joint trip to Poland and Germany; the Duke, also 35, made an official visit to Germany last summer.

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The beginning of any royal tour is always marked by the striking photos of the family disembarking from a plane, and, this time, we were greeted with all four royals making their way off the jet.

PA Wire/PA Images The Royal family arriving at Warsaw's Chopin Airport.

During their meeting, George and Charlotte stayed with their nanny, Maria Borrallo, at Belvedere Palace.

They will visit the Warsaw Rising Museum, devoted to the bloody 1944 Polish uprising to free Nazi occupied Warsaw in World War Two.

While George and Charlotte will be not be at every public appearance with their parents, Kensington Palace announced that they will be seen "on at least a couple of occasions over the course of the week".