British royals arrive in Poland at start of a European Union visit

And we’re off! The royal family has arrived in Warsaw for this week’s royal tour, which will be comprised of everything from a night of Shakespeare to a competitive rowboat race.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children arrived in Poland on Monday, on the first leg of a goodwill trip to two European Union nations that is meant to underscore Britain’s friendly ties with a bloc that it’s in the process of leaving. As the Daily Mail assessed, Prince George looked “a little overwhelmed” by the crowd amassed on the ground in Poland.

We’re not sure whether Prince George was being a little bit naughty, or was overcome with a bout of shyness as he arrived in Poland for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s official state visit this morning.

They will also tour the site of Gdansk’s shipyards, that in the early 1980s became the first independent labour union in a Soviet-bloc country and gave rise to an anti-communist social movement that greatly contributed to the fall of communism.

As per usual, it was Prince George and Princess Charlotte who were the centre of attention as they disembarked from the aircraft, accompanied by Kate and William.

WireImage Prince William bending down to speak to his son at Warsaw airport.

Prince George, who turns four this month, walked down the steps of the plane while his two-year-old sister, Charlotte, was carried down by her mother, Kate.

Sticking to the national colours of Poland, Charlotte wore a attractive red printed dress as she was cradled by her mother in Warsaw.

William and Kate will start their visit with a stroll along Warsaw’s iconic Krakowskie Przedmieście street after meeting President Andrzej Duda and the First Lady.

They will also be visiting the Warsaw Rising Museum, dedicated to the 1944 Polish uprising during World War Two. And this evening, the Royals will also attend the Queen’s Birthday Party, which is being hosted by the British Ambassador at Orangery in Łazienki Park.

Kensington Palace said George and Charlotte will only be seen in public “on at least a couple of occasions over the course of the week”.