British royals William and Kate to visit Poland in July

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate will visit Poland and Germany in July, Kensington Palace has said, The Polish Radio reports.

“The Duke and Duchess will tour Poland and Germany from 17-21 July visiting Warsaw, Gdansk, Berlin, Heidelberg and Hamburg,” Kensington Palace said on Twitter on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the palace did not say whether the royal couple’s two children, three-year-old Prince George and two-year-old Princess Charlotte, would be travelling with their parents.

According to Poland’s PAP news agency, William and Kate will be making the visit at the request of the British Foreign Office.

Media have described the trip as a goodwill mission designed to strengthen Britain’s relations with Europe ahead of the UK’s impending divorce with the European Union.

Last summer Prince William visited the German city of Dusseldorf where he met British soldiers. In a speech at a gala attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prince William expressed hope that relations between the two countries would remain strong after the UK leaves the European Union.

Officials in Warsaw announced the royal visit in early March.

At the time, Krzysztof Szczerski, a senior adviser to Polish President Andrzej Duda, said that the Polish presidential couple “welcomed the news of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s desire to pay a visit to Poland.”

“The Polish presidential couple will be happy to welcome them to our country,” Szczerski said.

He added: “We see this visit as a confirmation of cordial ties between our countries and peoples. It is our intention that the [royal] couple’s visit combines elements of an official visit and private time for both couples.”

Prince William is second in line to the British throne after his father, Prince Charles.

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