You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Prince William, Kate visit WWII camp, Gdansk on Poland trip

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/18/2017 By CZAREK SOKOLOWSKI, Associated Press
Britain's Prince William, second from left, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge walk through the grounds of the former Nazi concentration camp Stutthof near the town of Sztutowo, 30 kilometers east of the city of Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple are in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties for after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince William, second from left, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge walk through the grounds of the former Nazi concentration camp Stutthof near the town of Sztutowo, 30 kilometers east of the city of Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple are in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties for after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

GDANSK, Poland (AP) — Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate were guided by two Holocaust survivors around the site of a former Nazi German concentration camp in Poland on Tuesday and then visited the historic city of Gdansk.

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge signs a book of condolence in the former Nazi concentration camp Stutthof near the town of Sztutowo, 30 kilometers east of the city of Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple is in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge signs a book of condolence in the former Nazi concentration camp Stutthof near the town of Sztutowo, 30 kilometers east of the city of Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple is in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

The royal couple is on a goodwill trip to Poland and Germany aimed at underscoring Britain's intention to maintain friendly relations with the European Union after it leaves the bloc.

Britain's Prince William, left, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, lay flowers in front of the European Solidarity Center in Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple is in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince William, left, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, lay flowers in front of the European Solidarity Center in Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple is in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

They flew to northern Poland on Tuesday from Warsaw, where they and their children were staying at the Belvedere Palace.

Britain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge walk through the grounds of the former Nazi concentration camp Stutthof near the town of Sztutowo, 30 kilometers east of the city of Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple are in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties for after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge walk through the grounds of the former Nazi concentration camp Stutthof near the town of Sztutowo, 30 kilometers east of the city of Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple are in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties for after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

At the Stutthof museum they were guided by two survivors of the camp, Manfred Goldberg and Zigi Shipper, both 87, from north London. The royals were shown discarded shoes, clothing and other personal items that were seized from the inmates on arrival at Stutthof. They were also shown the gas chamber where those too sick to work were killed.

Britain's Prince William, center, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge walk through the grounds of the former Nazi concentration camp Stutthof near the town of Sztutowo, 30 kilometers east of the city of Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The royal couple visited a World War II Nazi German concentration camp and tour the picturesque city of Gdansk in northern Poland on the second day of a goodwill trip aimed at underscoring Britain's intention to maintain friendly relations with the European Union after it leaves the bloc. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince William, center, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge walk through the grounds of the former Nazi concentration camp Stutthof near the town of Sztutowo, 30 kilometers east of the city of Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The royal couple visited a World War II Nazi German concentration camp and tour the picturesque city of Gdansk in northern Poland on the second day of a goodwill trip aimed at underscoring Britain's intention to maintain friendly relations with the European Union after it leaves the bloc. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

The couple paid their respects to the victims by placing remembrance stones at the Jewish memorial.

Poland's former president and legendary Solidarity freedom movement founder Lech Walesa, right, who was instrumental in bringing about the end of communism in Poland, welcomes Britain's Prince William, center, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in front of the European Solidarity Center in Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple is in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press Poland's former president and legendary Solidarity freedom movement founder Lech Walesa, right, who was instrumental in bringing about the end of communism in Poland, welcomes Britain's Prince William, center, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in front of the European Solidarity Center in Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple is in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

"I could clearly see that they were deeply moved by what they saw and heard here," museum director Piotr Tarnowski said.

Britain's Prince William signs a book of condolence in the former Nazi concentration camp Stutthof near the town of Sztutowo, 30 kilometers east of the city of Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple is in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince William signs a book of condolence in the former Nazi concentration camp Stutthof near the town of Sztutowo, 30 kilometers east of the city of Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple is in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

The German Nazis set up the Stutthof camp right after invading Poland in September 1939. Out of some 110,000 inmates of various nationalities, as many as 65,000 died in the gas chambers or from disease, hunger, hard labor or during evacuations. Some 28,000 of the victims were Jewish.

Poland's former president and legendary Solidarity freedom movement founder Lech Walesa, who was instrumental in bringing about the end of communism in Poland, right, welcomes Britain's Prince William, left, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in front of the European Solidarity Center in Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple is in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press Poland's former president and legendary Solidarity freedom movement founder Lech Walesa, who was instrumental in bringing about the end of communism in Poland, right, welcomes Britain's Prince William, left, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in front of the European Solidarity Center in Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple is in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Later, the royal couple traveled to nearby Gdansk, on the Baltic coast, where they shook hands with a welcoming crowd among the city's Gothic and Renaissance architecture. They tasted traditional Polish pierogi — pastry stuffed with meat — and Goldwasser herbal liqueur that contains tiny flakes of gold.

Britain's Prince William, center, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge walk through the grounds of the former Nazi concentration camp Stutthof near the town of Sztutowo, 30 kilometers east of the city of Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple are in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties for after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince William, center, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge walk through the grounds of the former Nazi concentration camp Stutthof near the town of Sztutowo, 30 kilometers east of the city of Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple are in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties for after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Next, they visited a replica of a Shakespearean theater, whose patron is William's father, Prince Charles, and where performances are held regularly.

Britain's Prince William and Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge walk through the grounds of the former Nazi concentration camp Stutthof near the town of Sztutowo, 30 kilometers east of the city of Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple is in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press Britain's Prince William and Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge walk through the grounds of the former Nazi concentration camp Stutthof near the town of Sztutowo, 30 kilometers east of the city of Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple is in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Their last stop in Gdansk was the European Center of Solidarity, where they met former president and democracy champion Lech Walesa and other leader of the Solidarity movement of the 1980s that brought about the peaceful ouster of communism.

Britain's Prince William, second left, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge walk through the grounds of the former Nazi concentration camp Stutthof near the town of Sztutowo, 30 kilometers east of the city of Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 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, second left, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge walk through the grounds of the former Nazi concentration camp Stutthof near the town of Sztutowo, 30 kilometers east of the city of Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 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)

Walesa walked with the royal couple to the nearby monument to the striking Gdansk shipyard workers who were shot by the military in 1970, where they laid roses in Poland's national colors of white and red.

Poland's former president and legendary Solidarity freedom movement founder Lech Walesa, who was instrumental in bringing about the end of communism in Poland, right, welcomes Britain's Prince William, center, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in front of the European Solidarity Center in Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple is in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press Poland's former president and legendary Solidarity freedom movement founder Lech Walesa, who was instrumental in bringing about the end of communism in Poland, right, welcomes Britain's Prince William, center, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in front of the European Solidarity Center in Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple is in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

In the evening, they flew to Warsaw. On Wednesday they head for Berlin.

Britain's Prince William, left, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, lay flowers in front of the European Solidarity Center in Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple is in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Britain's Prince William, left, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, lay flowers in front of the European Solidarity Center in Gdansk, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The British royal couple is in Poland with their children on a goodwill visit intended to seal friendly ties after Britain leaves the European Union. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
© The Associated Press
AdChoices
AdChoices
AdChoices
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon