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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
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)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception in Poland on Monday where Prince William read out a letter from Queen Elizabeth II praising good bilateral ties, at the start of a two-country goodwill trip intended to underscore Britain's intention to maintain friendly relations with the European Union after Brexit.

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)

From Warsaw's airport, the royal couple was driven in a motorcade to meet President Andrzej Duda and the first lady 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.

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge holding Princess Charlotte, Prince William and Prince George walk past the honor guard, during the arrival ceremony, 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 Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge holding Princess Charlotte, Prince William and Prince George walk past the honor guard, during the arrival ceremony, 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)

"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."

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)

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.

Britain's Prince William walks 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 walks 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 Polish hosts have said this is a visit of "respect and friendship" that shows relations remain strong.

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)

At an evening reception, William read out a letter from his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, in which she praised bilateral ties and recalled the visit that she and the Duke of Edinburgh made to Poland in 1996. He also delivered a brief speech during the reception, which was held in Lazienki Park in honor of the 91-year-old queen.

Britain's Prince William, center, and Poland's President Andrzej Duda walk 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, center, and Poland's President Andrzej Duda walk 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)

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.

People welcome Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and 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 People welcome Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and 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, William and Kate were accompanied by their children, Prince George, who turn 4 Saturday, and Princess Charlotte, 2. The children are expected to draw wide attention on a trip being characterized by the British media 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 equipment installed.

Children welcome Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, right, 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, right, 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 arrival, the Duchess was wearing an Alexander McQueen white skirt and jacket and carrying Charlotte, who was dressed in a pink flowered sleeveless dress. William was wearing a dark suit and George was in short trousers and a shirt.

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)

On Tuesday, the royals will travel to the Baltic coast where they will visit Stutthof, a World War II Nazi German concentration camp. They will also tour the historic city of Gdansk, where they will see 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, 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)
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