I know I have a lot of German and Polish readers, and we join you in your excitement over the recent news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake a trip to your two countries this summer! Kensington Palace announced the trip on Friday, stating simply the visit would take place in July. Royal reporters have confirmed that more details about the tour will be forthcoming as we get closer to the date.
At the moment, we do not yet know if this will be a full length tour or a mini-tour. We are all familiar with full tours. The Cambridges' longest tour to date (hopefully never to be equalled ;)) was, of course, Australia and New Zealand in 2014:
Other full tours have included their jaunt through South East Asia in 2012:
And recently their trip to India and Bhutan in the spring of 2016.
In the winter of 2014, however, the Cambridges undertook their first mini-tour (day trip to Denmark excepted). The couple flew to New York for a whirlwind few days in the Big Apple, which included a quick flight down to Washington, D.C. for William, while Kate remained in New York. By the way, since Kate gave Washington a pass then, I think she is due in the District at her earliest convenience. ;)
The Duchess was supposed to spend two days in sun-soaked Malta in late summer of 2014, but her hyperemesis gravidarum with Princess Charlotte precluded her from traveling. Prince William went in her stead. Below, Kate wears a Jenny Packham in October of 2014 that I am convinced was initially designed for her canceled Mediterranean debut.
Although details on this upcoming tour are sparse, there have been a few things that have surfaced. According to the Telegraph, the couple will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in an attempt to "detoxify" the tension from Brexit. They will also head to Poland to meet Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and possibly visit the most infamous of concentration camps:
During the trip to Poland they are expected to meet Beata Szydlo, the Polish Prime Minister, and visit the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
It really is too early for me to reasonably speculate on the length of the trip and I could argue it both ways. Up to this point, we have seen the Duke and Duchess spend a week or more in Commonwealth countries, and shorter two day trips to allied nations. Obviously on a trip to a country that retains the constitutional monarchy--where they are the royal family--it is of paramount importance that they cover a lot of ground and meet as many citizens as possible, e.g. Australia, Canada, etc. But when they visit nations that are only friends and allies, like the United States or the Netherlands, the focus of the trip is not so much on the people as their ties to the government, so the visits are correspondingly shorter. That being said, there is quite a bit they could see in Germany and Poland, but I think it won't be a full tour. We shall see!