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Britain's royals William and Kate to visit Poland on Monday

Britain's royals William and Kate to visit Poland on Monday

For their parents, the visit to Poland and then to Germany will inevitably be viewed in the context of Brexit.

Their five-day tour of the two European countries is at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Prince George, who turns four this month, walked down the steps of the plane while his two-year-old sister, Charlotte, was carried down by her mother, Kate.

"The Duke and Duchess hope to meet as many people as possible during the tour", Kensington Palace added.

It won't have any impact on the negotiations. The couple, along with other members of the royal family, have visited a number of European countries in recent months in what is being called a "Brexit royal charm offensive" as the United Kingdom negotiates its withdrawal from the European Union.

Shortly after touching down, the family were escorted to Belweder Palace, about a 20-minute drive away from the airport, where they were greeted by Poland's President Duda and his wife, First Lady Agata.

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William, second-in-line to the throne, and Kate will visit the Warsaw Uprising museum which commemorates a 1944 battle against Nazi German occupiers, in which tens of thousands died and the city was bombed and razed to the ground.

They will also meet freedom icon Lech Walesa, who won the Nobel Peace Prize as the leader of the Solidarity trade union and later became Poland's first democratically elected president after negotiating a bloodless end to communism for the country in 1989.

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In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a private meeting with the royal couple in Berlin before they visit the Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of German unification.

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 is meant to underscore Britain's friendly ties with a bloc that it's in the process of leaving.

The couple previously faced off in dragon boats in Canada - a race won by William - in America's Cup yachts in Auckland Harbour - where Kate won - and in a sprinting race at Queen Elizabeth Park earlier this year, which they both lost to Prince Harry.