Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Germany

20 July 2017
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Heidelberg

Royal visit to Germany

From 19 till 21 July, Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Germany. On the first day of their visit, Prince William and Catherine met with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel. Their itinerary also included a tour of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and visiting a project that aides street children.

Following their trip to the German capital the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Heidelberg. On the agenda were a tour at the German Cancer Research Centre, as well as visiting a traditional German market in Heidelberg Old Town. Later, they took part in a boat race on the River Neckar.

The third and final stop of the Royal Visit in Germany will be Hamburg.

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