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British royals feted on visit to Poland with their children

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/17/2017 By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, right, and Poland's first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda speak with children 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, right, and Poland's first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda speak with children 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 wellwishers and met with World War II veterans in Poland on Monday at the start of a two-country goodwill trip that is intended to underscore Britain's intention to maintain friendly ties with the European Union that it is in the process of leaving.

Britain's Prince William, right, and Poland's President Andrzej Duda pause, in front of the Warsaw Uprising museum, 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/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince William, right, and Poland's President Andrzej Duda pause, in front of the Warsaw Uprising museum, 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/Czarek Sokolowski)

From Warsaw's airport, the royal couple 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 and after lunch took a short stroll in front of the palace and were greeted by a huge crowd waving British and Polish flags and taking photos.

Poland's First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda, center, speaks with Britain's Prince William, right, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge in front of the Warsaw Uprising museum, 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/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press Poland's First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda, center, speaks with Britain's Prince William, right, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge in front of the Warsaw Uprising museum, 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/Czarek Sokolowski)

"I am so happy that I saw this beautiful couple," said Helena Wozna, 63, who was in the crowd. "Prince William shook my hand. I'm happy I came here."

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)

Prince William and his wife Kate then met with World War II veterans at the museum to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Germans, and traveled to a business center where they met with representatives from Polish and British business. Hundreds of thousands of Poles live and work in Britain, strengthening business ties.

Poland's President Andrzej Duda, left, shakes hands with Britain's 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 Poland's President Andrzej Duda, left, shakes hands with Britain's 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 Polish hosts have said this is a visit of "respect and friendship" that shows relations remain strong.

Children welcome Britain's Prince William, right, 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 Prince William, right, 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, William is to deliver a speech during a reception in the historic Lazienki Park in honor of his 91-year-old grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, center, speaks with Poland's 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, center, speaks with Poland's 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)

William, second in line to the throne, has taken on more public duties in recent years as the queen gradually eases up on her schedule due to advancing years.

Children welcome Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, during her visit with Britain's 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 Britain's 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)

On their first official visit to Poland the Duke and the Duchess 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.

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge waves as she walks 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 Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge waves as she walks 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)

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.

Britain's Prince William, right, walks with Poland's President Andrzej Duda, left, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, second from left, and Poland's first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda in front of the Warsaw Uprising museum, 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/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince William, right, walks with Poland's President Andrzej Duda, left, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, second from left, and Poland's first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda in front of the Warsaw Uprising museum, 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/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.

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)

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)
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