Prince William and Kate Middleton will visit Paris on March 17 and 18, Kensington Palace announced. Also, William and Kate and Prince Harry were spotted filming for a TV show.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official two-day visit to Paris is at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The detailed itinerary has not been announced, but their visit will include a reception for young French leaders from a variety of fields, a formal dinner at the British Ambassador’s residence, and attendance at the Wales v France Six Nations test.
The full press release from KP:
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official two-day visit to Paris on 17th and 18th March.
“Their Royal Highness’ visit is at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Full details of the visit will be announced in due course, but the itinerary will include a reception for young French leaders from a variety of fields, a formal dinner at the residence of Her Majesty’s Ambassador and attendance at the Wales v France Six Nations test at the Stade de France.
“Further details will be advised.”
This will be William and Kate’s first official visit to Paris, although they both have visited privately. Their previous visits to France were to Normandy for D-Day commemorations in June 2014, and Thiepval for the Battle of Somme commemorations on June 30 and July 1, 2016.
According to the Express, William and Kate were initially invited to Paris by the Welsh Rugby Union (which William has taken over from HM as Patron) for the Six Nations match, but the Foreign Office then asked Kensington Palace to build an official visit around the match. The visit is another bout of “soft diplomacy” ahead of Brexit negotiations.
St. Patrick’s Day is also March 17. William is Royal Colonel of the Irish Guards, and since 2012 either he or Kate (or both) has attended the St. Patrick’s Day parade and handed out shamrocks. It’ll be interesting to see if William or Kate attends the St. Patrick’s Day parade before heading off to Paris. They could do both: attend the St. Patrick’s Day parade in the morning, and fly to Paris in the afternoon. After the fuss last year over Kate not attending, it would be a huge insult for neither of them to attend this year.
William, Kate and Harry spend the day filming with Nick Knowles in Twickenham. https://t.co/zxD8pGyXOw
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) February 13, 2017
Yesterday, February 13, William, Kate, and Harry were at St Mary’s university to meet with DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles to film for his new show for the BBC called Mind Over Marathon. The show, which will air in April, will see Knowles work with people with mental health issues to take part in the London Marathon. The royal trio are joining him in relation to the Heads Together campaign. You can see a bunch of photos at the DM.
Kate appears to be wearing the exact same thing she wore to the Heads Together training day two weekends ago: Perfect Moment “Mini Duvet” jacket in red; Zara Body Curve Jeggings in black; New Balance New Balance x SB Exclusive Sneakers; and Asprey “167 White Gold Earrings”.