Prince George and Princess Charlotte to help Duke and Duchess of Cambridge charm Europe
Prince George and Princess Charlotte will join their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on their tour of Germany and Poland, Kensington Palace has said.
The Duke and Duchess will travel with their young son and daughter during their five-day trip, which begins on July 17 in Poland’s capital Warsaw and ends in the German city of Hamburg on July 21.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: "The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to this tour and are delighted with the exciting and varied programme that has been put together for it.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte await Trooping the Colour
"They have decided that their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will travel with them and we expect the children to be seen on at least a couple of occasions over the course of the week.
"They look forward to a busy and impactful tour, and are grateful that they will have the opportunity to meet the Polish and German people – such important friends of the United Kingdom – as a family.
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The Duke and Duchess have taken their children, George, who is nearly four, and two-year-old Charlotte, on an official tour before, travelling to Canada with them last year where they enjoyed an open-air party for youngsters.
And in 2014 their toddler prince flew with them to New Zealand and Australia for their extensive trip.
This time, the children are likely to be seen only during arrivals and departures at the two countries.
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With Prince George starting school in south London this September, attending the mixed-sex Thomas’s Battersea school, and his sister likely to be enrolled in a nursery, this is the last time the royal couple will be able to take their children with them without school commitments making it problematic.
The children will be seen arriving in Poland and Germany, as they were in Canada last year
The Cambridges are making the trip at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
It is likely to be seen as another Brexit diplomacy tour, helping to maintain and strengthen the UK’s relations with Europe as it leaves the EU.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Prince George Photo: AFP/Getty
Full name: George Alexander Louis
Born: July 22, 2013
Weight: 8lbs 6oz
First days: spent at the Middleton family home in Bucklebury
Met the Queen: At two days old
First overseas trip: Three-week official foreign tour to Australia and New Zealand when he was eight months old
First birthday party: Beatrix Potter theme
Oliver Baker (university friend)
Emilia Jardine-Paterson (Kate’s college friend)
Earl Grosvenor (son and heir of the Duke of Westminster)
Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton (Duke’s former private secretary)
The Hon. Julia Samuel (close friend of Princess Diana)
William van Cutsem (Duke’s friend)
Zara Tindall (Duke’s cousin)
Princess Charlotte Photo: Mario Testino/Art Partner
Full name: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
Born: May 2, 2015
Weight: 8lbs 3oz
First days: spent at Kensington Palace
Met the Queen: At three days old
First overseas trip: Family skiing holiday to Courchevel in the French Alps when she was ten months old
First birthday party: A small party at Anmer Hall with friends
The Hon. Laura Fellowes (Duke’s cousin)
Adam Middleton (Duchess’s cousin)
Thomas van Straubenzee (Duke’s school friend)
James Meade (Duke’s school friend)
Sophie Carter (Duchess’s friend)