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British royals meet Merkel, tour Berlin Holocaust memorial

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/19/2017
Britain's Prince William chats with spectators during a visit to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Britain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, together with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are on a three-days-visit to Germany. (Gregor Fischer/dpa via AP) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince William chats with spectators during a visit to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Britain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, together with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are on a three-days-visit to Germany. (Gregor Fischer/dpa via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met German Chancellor Angela Merkel, toured Berlin's Holocaust memorial and visited the city's signature landmark, the Brandenburg Gate, as they kicked off a three-day visit to Germany.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, waves besides Britain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The British Royal couple and their children are on a three-day-visit to Germany. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop) © The Associated Press German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, waves besides Britain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The British Royal couple and their children are on a three-day-visit to Germany. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop)

Prince William and his wife, Kate, held Prince George and Princess Charlotte by the hand as they disembarked Wednesday from their plane at the German capital's Tegel airport. They arrived from Poland, their first stop on a two-country European trip that comes as Britain negotiates its exit from the European Union.

Britain's Prince William, left and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, second right, have arrived with their children, Prince George, second left and Princess Charlotte, at Tegel airport in Berlin, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. They arrived for a three- days-visit to Germany. William and Kate are scheduled to visit Heidelberg and Hamburg as well as Berlin. They arrived in Germany after a visit to Poland. (Bernd Von Jutrczenka/dpa via AP) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince William, left and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, second right, have arrived with their children, Prince George, second left and Princess Charlotte, at Tegel airport in Berlin, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. They arrived for a three- days-visit to Germany. William and Kate are scheduled to visit Heidelberg and Hamburg as well as Berlin. They arrived in Germany after a visit to Poland. (Bernd Von Jutrczenka/dpa via AP)

The couple's first stop was the chancellery, where they had lunch with Merkel. Locals got a closer look at the royals as they visited the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of post-war Germany's Cold War division and its subsequent reunification.

Britain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge visit the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The British Royal couple and their children are on a three-day-visit to Germany. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge visit the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The British Royal couple and their children are on a three-day-visit to Germany. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

They moved on to the nearby memorial to the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust, a field of undulating concrete slabs. William and Kate were given a tour of the memorial's information center and met 96-year-old Holocaust survivor Leon Schwarzbaum, who showed them old family photos.

Britain's Prince William, left, and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge visit the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The British Royal couple and their children are on a three-day-visit to Germany. (Bernd Von Jutrczenka/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince William, left, and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge visit the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The British Royal couple and their children are on a three-day-visit to Germany. (Bernd Von Jutrczenka/Pool Photo via AP)

William and Kate are also scheduled to visit Heidelberg and Hamburg during their time in Germany.

Britain's Princess Charlotte looks out of the window of a plane after it landed at Tegel airport in Berlin, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Britain's Prince William, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge have arrived with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte for a three- days-visit to Germany. (Bernd Von Jutrczenka/dpa via AP) © The Associated Press Britain's Princess Charlotte looks out of the window of a plane after it landed at Tegel airport in Berlin, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Britain's Prince William, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge have arrived with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte for a three- days-visit to Germany. (Bernd Von Jutrczenka/dpa via AP)

In Poland on Tuesday, the royal couple visited the site of the Nazis' former Stutthof concentration camp.

Britain's Prince William, center, his wife Kate , left, and their son Prince George, right, arrive at Tegel Airport in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 19, 2017 They arrived with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte for a three- days-visit to Germany. William and Kate are scheduled to visit Heidelberg and Hamburg as well as Berlin. They arrived in Germany after a visit to Poland. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince William, center, his wife Kate , left, and their son Prince George, right, arrive at Tegel Airport in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 19, 2017 They arrived with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte for a three- days-visit to Germany. William and Kate are scheduled to visit Heidelberg and Hamburg as well as Berlin. They arrived in Germany after a visit to Poland. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

Berlin memorial chief Uwe Neumaerker, who led the royals through the site in the German capital, was impressed that William, 35, made the two Holocaust site visits.

Britain's Prince William, left, and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge visit the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The British Royal couple and their children are on a three-day-visit to Germany. (Bernd Von Jutrczenka/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince William, left, and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge visit the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The British Royal couple and their children are on a three-day-visit to Germany. (Bernd Von Jutrczenka/Pool Photo via AP)

"He understands he is of a generation that must get to know this," Neumaerker said. "That is a signal."

Britain's Prince William, his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and their daughter Princess Charlotte arrive at the airport in Berlin, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The British royal couple is on a three-day-visit in Germany. (Steffi Loos/Pool Photo via AP)

Britain's Prince William, his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and their daughter Princess Charlotte arrive at the airport in Berlin, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The British royal couple is on a three-day-visit in Germany. (Steffi Loos/Pool Photo via AP)
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