The Cambridge family touched down in Warsaw this afternoon to begin their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. The family of four emerged in coordinating outfits of white, navy and red.
The Duke and Duchess were formally welcomed to Poland by President Duda and the First Lady at the Presidential Palace.
The Duchess of Cambridge started the tour in a new ivory Alexander McQueen peplum coat.
The coat is based on this ready-to-wear piece from the British fashion house. It is currently available at Net-A-Porter and reduced to US$1,538, down from the original price of US$3,075.
The off-the-rack version is tailored in Italy from mid-weight wool and silk-blend twill. The a-line style has a feminine V-neckline and gently kicks out at the waist into a rippling peplum that softly folds at the back. Kate had the coat modified with a simpler peplum without the extended back folds.
The Duchess cinched in the waist with a tonal belt also by Alexander McQueen - the design is similar to the belt found on the dress below from McQueen's current collection.
On her feet she wore her Gianvito Rossi 'Gianvito 105' Praline Suede Pumps, and she accented the outfit with her red Jenny Packham 'Casa' pony hair clutch.
Kate's choice of white and red hues is an obvious nod to the national colours of Poland. She also accessorised with delicate silver jewellery, featuring a red gemstone. Here's a closer look at Kate's new necklace, earrings and ring. The origin of the pieces is unknown.
On her wrist she wore her Cartier Ballon Bleu Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch.
Following the formal welcome, The President and First Lady escorted William and Kate to the Warsaw Rising Museum, which is dedicated to the uprising of 1944 which saw the Polish resistance Home Army attempt to liberate Warsaw from German occupation.
The royal couple toured the museum, and meet with veterans before lighting candles in memory of those involved in the Rising.
From here William and Kate visited The Heart in the Warsaw Spire building, joining young Polish entrepreneurs at an event to 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.
That evening, William and Kate traveled to the picturesque Orangery in Łazienki Park, where the British Ambassador hosted a Queen's Birthday Party for 600 invited guests.
Kate changed into a cocktail dress for the garden party, showcasing a contemporary piece by Poland's top fashion designer, Gosia Baczynska. Kate dazzled in the sleeveless white number with a plunging neckline and jagged black tipped pleats. Ms Baczynska, who is known for her bold designs, was the first Polish designer to feature in the Paris fashion week calendar.
Kate teamed the dress with her Prada satin clutch bag and Gianvito Rossi Black Suede Ankle Strap d'Orsay Pumps, first worn for a reception in Paris on St Patrick's day 2017.
The Duchess also wore the statement pearl necklace from the same event in Paris, and her Balenciaga Eugenia Pearl Clip Earrings.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have another busy day lined up tomorrow. Day 2 of the royal visit will start on a somber note when William and Kate visit a former Nazi Germany Concentration Camp in Stutthof. Following their morning at Stutthof, the royal couple will travel to Gdansk - a handsome port city located on Poland’s northern Baltic coastline. Then it's off the Gdansk Shakespeare theatre, before concluding their day at the European Solidarity Movement.
Wed, Feb 21:
Kate and William will visit Sunderland, in northeast England. They will officially open the Fire House, a new music and arts hub, where they will see music and dance performances from groups using the new facility. The Duke and Duchess will also visit the Northern Spire bridge over the River Wear, slated to open in the spring.
Tue, Feb 27:
Kate will visit St. Thomas’ Hospital to launch the Nursing Now campaign, created to raise the profile of nursing worldwide. She will visit a specialist ward, take part in a roundtable discussion and deliver a speech to mark the launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Later, Kate will visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to learn more about the ways to reduce newborn and maternal mortality rates around the world.
Wed, Feb 28:
In her role as Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Kate will view the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.‘
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