This royal visit of Poland and Germany is at the request of The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and it is Their Royal Highness’s’ first official joint visit to these counties. Kensington Palace stated, “As with previous tours, Their Royal Highness have asked that this tour allow them opportunities to meet a wide variety of people in both countries. In addition to meeting leaders in business, government and civil society, The Duke and Duchess will priorities opportunities to meet the young people of both countries; from entrepreneurs, to mental health campaigners, and bright young talents in music and the arts.”
When greeting the crowds today, a Polish student told Kate that she looks beautiful today, and Kate replied, “It’s not true, it’s just the make-up.” William laughed when he was asked for a selfie with three students and said, “I’m allergic to selfies but let’s take a photograph.” The Royal couple then visited the Heart in the Warsaw Spire building, where they joined young Polish entrepreneurs. The Heart is a business incubator with impressive panoramic views of Poland’s capital, and is home to a range of exciting new business start-ups. It includes a tech market-place, and pitching sessions from Polish start-ups. This event will mark the beginning of a ‘Warsaw-London bridge’ initiative that aims to help small Polish businesses access London’s unique opportunities for scaling up to become global players.
Among the entrepreneurs who met William and Kate were Polish sisters Zuzanna, 34, and Julia, 32, who sent The Duchess one of their specially made teddy bears when Charlotte was born. The teddies make various noises to help babies nod off to sleep. The two Polish mothers won the Toy of the Year award in 2014 for their soft toy company, Whisbear, and they sell the bears for around £20.
When offered another newborn gift, Kate joked to William, “We will just have to have more babies.” Another funny quote: when royal reporter Richard Palmer asked Monte Cassino veteran Colonel Edmund Brzozowski, 98, if meeting Kate had been a good experience, he replied, “Not especially.” Gotta love the elderly.
The Duchess wore a cocktail dress by Polish designer Gosia Baczyńska for a party hosted by the British embassador for the Queen’s birthday.
Day two of the Royal tour is beginning with a visit to the former Nazi Germany Concentration Camp, Stutthof.