British royal couple, William and Kate, on Wednesday embarked on a three-day tour of Germany that includes lunch with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The lunch will be followed by a trip to Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate and the adjacent Holocaust memorial.
Travelling with their children, George and Charlotte, aged three and two, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Germany from Poland, where they visited the northern port city of Gdansk and saw a former Nazi concentration camp.
William, who first met Merkel during a trip to the German state of North Rhine Westphalia in 2016, will likely talk to Europe’s most powerful leader about topics including Britain’s exit from the EU.
Later, the royal couple will visit a centre for homeless youth in east Berlin as well as meeting representatives of the Robert Enke Institute, which raises awareness about mental health disorders.
They will also meet President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Bellevue Palace, his official residence, as well as attend a garden party at the British embassy to celebrate the 91st birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, which took place on April 21.
On Thursday, the royal couple will travel to Heidelberg’s Neckar valley before returning to Berlin for a performance by DJ Goldierocks at Claerchens Ballhaus, a historic ballroom in the capital’s Mitte district.
On Friday, they will travel by train to visit Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie concert hall.
According to the British embassy in Berlin, the children will not partake in the royal programme. (NAN)