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British royals arrive in Poland at start of a EU visit

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/17/2017 By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press
Children welcome Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, during her visit with Prince William in front of the presidential palace, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, July 17, 2017. 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 seeks to underscore Britain's friendly ties despite its negotiations to leave the bloc. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) © The Associated Press Children welcome Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, during her visit with Prince William in front of the presidential palace, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, July 17, 2017. 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 seeks to underscore Britain's friendly ties despite its negotiations to leave the bloc. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shook hands with the crowd and signed autographs in Poland on Monday at the start of a two-country goodwill trip that is intended to underscore Britain's friendly ties with the European Union that it is in the process of leaving.

Britain's Prince William, left and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, second right are welcomed by Poland's President Andrzej Duda, second left and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda, right, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, July 17, 2017. 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 seeks to underscore Britain’s friendly ties despite its negotiations to leave the bloc. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince William, left and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, second right are welcomed by Poland's President Andrzej Duda, second left and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda, right, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, July 17, 2017. 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 seeks to underscore Britain’s friendly ties despite its negotiations to leave the bloc. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

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. They visited the palace gardens. After lunch the royal couple were greeted by a huge crowd waving British and Polish flags and taking photos, as they took a brief walk in front of the palace.

From left, Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Prince William, Poland's President Andrzej Duda and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda pose for photographers during a welcome ceremony, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, July 17, 2017. 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 seeks to underscore Britain’s friendly ties despite its negotiations to leave the bloc. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) © The Associated Press From left, Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Prince William, Poland's President Andrzej Duda and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda pose for photographers during a welcome ceremony, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, July 17, 2017. 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 seeks to underscore Britain’s friendly ties despite its negotiations to leave the bloc. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

According to the Polish hosts, the schedule of this "respect and friendship" tour includes 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.

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, left and Britain's Prince William, are greeted by Poland's President Andrzej Duda and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda,in front of the presidential palace, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, July 17, 2017. 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 seeks to underscore Britain’s friendly ties despite its negotiations to leave the bloc. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) © The Associated Press Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, left and Britain's Prince William, are greeted by Poland's President Andrzej Duda and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda,in front of the presidential palace, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, July 17, 2017. 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 seeks to underscore Britain’s friendly ties despite its negotiations to leave the bloc. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

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.

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, third left and Britain's Prince William, are greeted by Poland's President Andrzej Duda and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda, in front of the presidential palace, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, July 17, 2017. 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 seeks to underscore Britain’s friendly ties despite its negotiations to leave the bloc. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) © The Associated Press Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, third left and Britain's Prince William, are greeted by Poland's President Andrzej Duda and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda, in front of the presidential palace, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, July 17, 2017. 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 seeks to underscore Britain’s friendly ties despite its negotiations to leave the bloc. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

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. Warsaw's Belvedere Palace, where they are residing during the visit, has had playground toys installed.

From left, Britain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge talk with Poland's President Andrzej Duda and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda as they enter the presidential palace following a welcome ceremony, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, July 17, 2017. 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 seeks to underscore Britain’s friendly ties despite its negotiations to leave the bloc. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) © The Associated Press From left, Britain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge talk with Poland's President Andrzej Duda and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda as they enter the presidential palace following a welcome ceremony, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, July 17, 2017. 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 seeks to underscore Britain’s friendly ties despite its negotiations to leave the bloc. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

On arrival, the Duchess was wearing an Alexander McQueen 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 in short trousers and a shirt.

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) © The Associated Press 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)

On Tuesday, the royals will travel to the Baltic coast city of Gdansk, where they will visit a replica of Shakespeare's theater and meet the former president, Lech Walesa, who was instrumental in bringing about the end of communism in Poland. On Wednesday, they head to Berlin.

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge holding Princess Charlotte walks with Prince William and Prince George as they arrive 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)

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge holding Princess Charlotte walks with Prince William and Prince George as they arrive 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)
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