I never did conclude my coverage of Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s tour of Poland and Germany, so I’m going to do some quick coverage of it now. Their final day in Germany, on July 21, saw Prince George fall in love with a helicopter and Princess Charlotte fall on the tarmac.
William and Kate arrived in Hamburg, Germany via train from Berlin where their first stop was the Hamburg Maritime Museum – which was opened in 2008 and houses over 40,000 items and more than one million photographs. In their press release about the tour, KP said this visit was to “celebrate the joint UK-German year of science, which this year is focused on oceans.”
William and Kate toured the museum, including a model of Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia – which was decommissioned in 1997 – and a lego model of the Queen Mary 2 – which QEII Christened in 2004.
I chose this photo specifically because Kate is actually pressing a button, and we know she doesn’t like doing that.
The next stop was Elbphilharmonie – a new concert hall that was opened just this past January; it is one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world.
The royal couple joined the orchestra on stage before listening to a special performance by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. The audience was filled with children from all corners of the city with the aim of inspiring a new generation to develop a passion for music.
Watch The Duchess have a go at conducting the @Phil_Hamburg orchestra at @elbphilharmonie 🎵 pic.twitter.com/mLkXxJ22x7
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 21, 2017
Kate conducted the Hamburg Philharmonic for a few bars of the opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Kate reportedly said she played the flute all through her younger school days.
I have to say, I’m quite happy that Kate actually joined in here. Typically she lets William take the lead when they are together, so her having a go at conducting the orchestra for a moment when William didn’t at all is nice to see.
The Cambridge duo then took a boat down the River Elbe to their final destination: Airbus – a multinational corporation with manufacturing facilities all over the world which produces civil and military aeronautical products. The couple toured the facility and met with both German and English apprentices.
They then visited the final assembly line of an A320 aircraft and viewed the cockpit of a near-complete plane.
Before hoping on their private jet back to the UK, William and Kate brought George and Charlotte out to view two helicopters, including an EC145 helicopter – the same model William co-piloted at EAAA. Both George and Charlotte got to get into the cockpit, and George was just beside himself with glee.
Antoine van Gent, head of flight testing at Airbus, said:
“The Duke was very relaxed showing his children the professional aircraft he uses. George was excited, with the first helicopter he wanted to sit in the cockpit and then he wanted to sit in the next one, he already knew there was a difference between them. Charlotte was also excited, after her brother had sat in the cockpit she wanted to as well. Charlotte asked her mother if she could push a button and the duchess glanced at us and asked if it was ok and we said yes.”
While standing outside the helicopters, Charlotte seemingly threw a little hissy fit at Kate taking some papers from her. When Kate took the papers from Charlotte, Charlotte stamped her feet on the ground before Kate pointed to the press (I’m assuming) and scolded her a bit. Charlotte then decided to just fall to the tarmac.
Princess Charlotte is consoled by her mother after appearing to throw a tantrum while the royals are on tour pic.twitter.com/ANgRKf1nbD
— Sky News (@SkyNews) July 21, 2017
The Cambridge clan then climbed aboard their jet and left Germany.
I quite like Kate’s outfit for day 5 of the tour. She chose a new bespoke lavender dress from Emilia Wickstead paired with a new red Anya Hindmarch Snakeskin Clutch, her Gianvito Rossi Praline pumps, her Kiki McDonough Lavender Amethyst Pear and Oval Drop Earrings, and her Cartier watch.