Earlier this week, KP dropped the detailed itinerary for Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s visit to Germany and Poland, and BP dropped the detailed itinerary for the State Visit from King Felipe and Queen Letizia.
William and Kate will undertake an official tour at the request of The Foreign and Commonwealth Office to Poland and Germany from July 17-21. KP said:
“As with previous tours, Their Royal Highnesses 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 prioritise opportunities to meet the young people of both countries; from entrepreneurs, to mental health campaigners, and bright young talents in music and the arts.”
The press release is quite flowery so I am going to gut the thing and only pick out the barebones engagement information, you can read the full press release here.
- William and Kate will arrive in Warsaw at midday.
- William and Kate will be officially greeted by President Duda and the First Lady at the Presidential Palace.
- William and Kate will visit Warsaw Rising Museum – they will tour the museum and meet with veterans before lighting candles in memory of those involved in the Rising.
- William and Kate will visit the Heart in the Warsaw Spire building – they will join an event which 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.
- William and Kate will visit Orangery in Łazienki Park – they will attend a Queen’s Birthday Party hosted by the British Ambassador. William will give a speech.
- William and Kate will visit Stutthof (former Nazi Germany Concentration Camp) – they will meet a group of five former prisoners of the camp.
- William and Kate will visit Gdansk central market square – they will join a street party where they will be offered Goldwasser (a Gdansk liqueur), and traditional Polish pierogi, while watching amber craftsmen at work, and listening to local musicians and artists.
- William and Kate will visit the Gdansk Shakespeare theatre – they will see the retractable roof opening during a special performance before attending a small reception inside the theatre for Poles from the world of arts, culture, and media.
- William and Kate will visit Gdansk European Solidarity Centre – they will tour the museum there and meet with founding members of Solidarity.
- William and Kate will walk through the iconic Gdansk shipyard gates before laying a wreath at the foot of the Solidarity Monument.
- William and Kate will leave Poland.
- William and Kate will arrive in Germany.
- William and Kate will have a private meeting with Chancellor Merkel.
- William and Kate will visit the Brandenburg Gate – they will say hello to crowds gathered on Pariser Platz in front of the Gate before making their way to the Holocaust Memorial where they will tour the museum before walking through the Memorial itself.
- William and Kate will visit Strassenkinder (a charity which supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, including homeless children) – they will spend time with some of the young people who have received help from the charity, as well as meeting individuals from the Robert Enke Foundation (an organisation raises awareness of mental health issues).
- William and Kate will meet with President Steinmeier at the Bellevue Palace.
- William and Kate will attend a Queen’s Birthday Party held in the gardens of the British Ambassador’s residence. William will give his second speech of the tour during this reception.
- William and Kate will visit the Heidelberg German Cancer Research Centre – they will meet researchers and visit the stem cell research lab.
- William and Kate will visit the central market square of Heidelberg – a British-German market will be set up offering local food and drink.
- William and Kate will visit River Neckar – they will embark on a rowing boat each for a friendly competition, joined by rowers from both Cambridge and Heidelberg.
- William and Kate will attend a reception in the vintage mirrored hall of Clärchens Ballhaus in Berlin – they will play host to a reception for some of the most creative, innovative, and exciting new names in the world of art, culture, style, fashion and technology in the city.
- William and Kate will visit the Hamburg Maritime Museum – they will celebrate the joint UK-German year of science, which this year is focused on oceans.
- William and Kate will visit Elbphilharmonie – they will join the orchestra on stage, before listening to a special performance by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. The audience will be filled with children from all corners of the city, with the aim of inspiring a new generation to develop a passion for music and perhaps play at the venue in years to come.
- William and Kate will take a boat down the River Elbe to their final destination for this tour: Airbus. They will tour the complex and meet apprentices, both German and English. They will then visit the final assembly line of an A320 aircraft and view the cockpit of a near-complete plane.
- William and Kate will leave Germany.
I guess Kate doesn’t get to give a speech.
KP also wrote:
“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. 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.”
We’ll probably see George and Charlotte getting off and on planes. I don’t have much to add here, although I’m wondering if KP will release birthday photos of George seeing as we’ll see him just a couple days before his birthday.
Here is the itinerary for Felipe and Letizia’s State Visit from July 12-14:
- Felipe and Letizia will arrive privately in the United Kingdom at Luton airport. They will be greeted on behalf of the Queen by the Viscount Brookeborough, Lord-in-Waiting.
- Charles and Camilla will greet Felipe and Letizia at their hotel.
- The foursome will travel to Horse Guards Parade where Felipe and Letizia will receive a ceremonial welcome.
- The Queen and Prince Philip will formally welcome Felipe and Letizia on Horse Guards Parade.
- Felipe, accompanied by Philip, will inspect the guard of honour. Afterwards, Felipe and Letizia will join the Queen and Philip for a state carriage procession along The Mall to Buckingham Palace.
- Following a private lunch at Buckingham Palace, HM will invite Felipe and Letizia to view an exhibition in the Picture Gallery of items from the Royal Collection relating to Spain.
- In the afternoon, Felipe and Letizia will meet Charles and Camilla for tea at Clarence House.
- Afterwards, Felipe and Letizia will visit the Palace of Westminster, where they will be welcomed by the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Lord Speaker. Felipe will deliver an address in the Royal Gallery to Parliamentarians and other guests, followed by a reception with Members and invited guests.
- In the evening the Queen will give a state banquet at Buckingham Palace for Felipe and Letizia. The Queen and Felipe will make speeches at the start of the banquet.
- Felipe will attend a UK-Spain Business Forum at Mansion House, accompanied by Prince Andrew. Speeches will be made by Felipe and the Secretary of State for International Trade.
- Felipe and Letizia will visit Westminster Abbey accompanied by Prince Harry. Felipe will lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior while prayers are said by the Dean, and then be taken on a short tour of the Abbey, including the Tomb of Eleanor of Castile.
- Felipe and Letizia will go on to the Spanish Ambassador’s residence for a reception with members of the Spanish Community.
- Later, Felipe will visit No 10 Downing Street to meet Prime Minister Theresa May.
- In the evening, Felipe and Letizia, accompanied by Princess Anne and Tim Laurence, will attend a banquet at Guildhall given by the Lord Mayor and City of London Corporation. The Lord Mayor and Felipe will make speeches at the end of the banquet.
- Felipe and Letizia will formally bid farewell to the Queen and Philip at Buckingham Palace in the morning.
- Thereafter, Felipe and Letizia, accompanied by the Duke of York, will visit the Francis Crick Institute.
- Felipe and Letizia will go on to the Weston Library in Oxford, where they will be greeted by the Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of Oxford University. Felipe and Letizia will view an exhibition of Spanish treasures from the Oxford University archive before proceeding to The Divinity School for lunch at which Felipe will give a speech.
- After lunch, Felipe and Letizia will arrive at Exeter College, home of the King Alfonso XIII Professorship of Spanish Studies and the Queen Sofía Fellowship in Spanish, where they will attend a reception for Spanish nationals working and studying at the university and members of the university who are studying, researching and teaching on Spain.
- At the conclusion of the state visit, the Lord Chamberlain will bid farewell to Felipe and Letizia on behalf of the Queen. Felipe and Letizia will depart from RAF Brize Norton.
I guess Letizia doesn’t get to give a speech either.
This will be Harry’s first State Visit that he’s a part of. William and Kate have no confirmed role, although the attendees at the State Banquet are never confirmed ahead of time, so it is possible that William and Kate will attend the State Banquet.