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British royals William and Kate visit Paris as Brexit looms

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/17/2017
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge meets families of soldiers at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Prince William and his wife Kate visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge meets families of soldiers at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Prince William and his wife Kate visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

PARIS (AP) — Prince William and his wife, Kate, were in Paris Friday to meet the French president and survivors of the 2015 extremist attacks, a trip that marked William's first official visit to the city since his mother died there.

Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, smiles after she presenting a shamrock to Domnhall the Irish Wolfhound Mascot, at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Their Royal Highnesses visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, smiles after she presenting a shamrock to Domnhall the Irish Wolfhound Mascot, at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Their Royal Highnesses visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

President Francois Hollande greeted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Friday afternoon in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace.

Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, laughs as she presents shamrocks to with Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Their Royal Highnesses visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, laughs as she presents shamrocks to with Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Their Royal Highnesses visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

The meeting "continues the longstanding relationship between the Presidents of the French Republic and the royal family," the British Embassy said in a written statement.

Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, left, and Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards meet soldiers and their families at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Their Royal Highnesses visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, left, and Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards meet soldiers and their families at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Their Royal Highnesses visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

After the meeting, the couple was scheduled to meet with victims and first responders from the deadly 2015 attacks on the Bataclan concert hall and other Paris sites. They also plan to attend a France-Wales rugby match Saturday.

Britain's Kate,The Duchess of Cambridge meets families of soldiers at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Their Royal Highnesses visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Britain's Kate,The Duchess of Cambridge meets families of soldiers at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Their Royal Highnesses visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

While the royal couple has visited France several times, it was William's first official visit to Paris since his mother, Princess Diana, was killed in a 1997 car accident.

Britain's Kate,The Duchess of Cambridge, smiles as she presents shamrocks with Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Their Royal Highnesses visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Britain's Kate,The Duchess of Cambridge, smiles as she presents shamrocks with Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Their Royal Highnesses visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

The visit comes amid anxiety across Europe over Britain's departure from the European Union. British Prime Minister Theresa May plans to trigger by the end of the month the two-year process that would take Britain out of the EU.

Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, laughs as she presents shamrocks with Britain's Prince William, Colonel of the Irish Guards, left, at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Prince William and his wife Kate visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, laughs as she presents shamrocks with Britain's Prince William, Colonel of the Irish Guards, left, at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Prince William and his wife Kate visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Before Kate and William headed to France on Friday, the royal couple met the families of soldiers at a St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, and presented shamrocks to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards.

Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, smiles as she presents shamrocks at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Their Royal Highnesses visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, smiles as she presents shamrocks at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Their Royal Highnesses visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

The two-day visit doesn't include any official memorial events for Diana. Near the tunnel under the Alma bridge, where the car accident took place, tourists paid tribute to her, leaving flowers and photos.

Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, looks towards baskets of shamrocks before she presents them with Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Prince William and his wife Kate visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, looks towards baskets of shamrocks before she presents them with Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Prince William and his wife Kate visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Nicolas Herrera, 20, a Colombian studying in Paris, thinks Diana continues to be an object of affection for people around the world because she was "different."

Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, stand on a dais before presenting shamrocks with at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Prince William and his wife Kate visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, stand on a dais before presenting shamrocks with at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Prince William and his wife Kate visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

"She was part of the royal family, part of people from the important world, but she was near the real people," Herrera said. "She was more close to poor people."

Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards arrive at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Prince William and his wife Kate visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards arrive at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Prince William and his wife Kate visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Nina Abboud, an American tourist from Missouri, said people still mention Diana as an example of leadership and generosity.

Britain's Kate,The Duchess of Cambridge, smiles as she presents shamrocks with Britain's Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Prince William and his wife Kate visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Britain's Kate,The Duchess of Cambridge, smiles as she presents shamrocks with Britain's Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Prince William and his wife Kate visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

"So I think she definitely influenced and it was positive and has been for all these 20 years," Abboud said. "You've never heard more about her."

Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, smiles as she presents shamrocks with Britain's Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Prince William and his wife Kate visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, smiles as she presents shamrocks with Britain's Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Prince William and his wife Kate visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, laughs as she presents shamrocks with Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Prince William and his wife Kate visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, laughs as she presents shamrocks with Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Prince William and his wife Kate visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Milos Krivokapic contributed to the story.

Domnhall the Irish Wolfhound mascot, waits before the parade at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Prince William and his wife Kate visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Domnhall the Irish Wolfhound mascot, waits before the parade at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Friday, March 17, 2017. Prince William and his wife Kate visited to present shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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