Time for some stiff up­per lip, George

The Daily Telegraph - - Front page - By Han­nah Fur­ness in Warsaw

Prince George was more than a lit­tle re­luc­tant to per­form his royal du­ties as the Cam­bridges ar­rived in Warsaw yes­ter­day. It took some per­sua­sion from his father, the Duke, for him to walk down the red car­pet

IT IS a big job for a small boy. But duty calls for all mem­bers of the Royal fam­ily, even one who is not quite four.

As the Cam­bridge fam­ily em­barked on a diplo­matic tour to charm Europe yes­ter­day, it is per­haps lit­tle won­der Prince George needed coax­ing to step off the plane. The Prince, who turns four on Satur­day, took some gen­tle per­sua­sion from his father, the Duke of Cam­bridge, as he landed in Warsaw to face a line of grown-up dig­ni­taries and the driz­zling rain.

The lit­tle boy seemed re­luc­tant to leave the cosy pri­vate char­ter plane, halt­ing at the door be­fore plung­ing a hand in his pocket, push­ing out his bot­tom lip, and con­cen­trat­ing on scuff­ing his feet. The small Prince put on an amus­ing show on the Pol­ish red car­pet yes­ter­day, as his lit­tle sis­ter Princess Char­lotte wrapped her arms around her mother’s neck to be car­ried. But if the per­ils of hav­ing two chil­dren in the pub­lic eye fazed the Duke and Duchess, they cer­tainly did not show it – even sug­gest­ing they should have a third soon.

The Duchess, who was pre­sented with a soft toy de­signed for new­borns later in the day, turned to her hus­band with a laugh and told him: “We will just have to have more ba­bies.”

The fam­ily-of-four have ar­rived in Europe for a five-day tour of Poland and Ger­many, widely con­sid­ered as part of a Brexit “charm of­fen­sive” un­der­taken by the Royal fam­ily this year fol­low­ing the fil­ing of Ar­ti­cle 50.

They landed in Warsaw in wet weather, putting on a brave face as they stepped down a short flight of steps on to Pol­ish soil.

As the Duke and Duchess em­barked on their pub­lic du­ties, the chil­dren were given a warm wel­come be­fore be­ing taken to Belvedere Palace and a room full of toys in­clud­ing a te­pee, a wooden bi­cy­cle, a sit-on model plane, a rock­ing horse and a climb­ing frame with pink and blue slides.

The Duke and Duchess vis­ited the pres­i­den­tial palace, be­fore go­ing to meet some of around a thou­sand well-wish­ers who had turned out in the hope of meet­ing them.

Magda Mor­daka, a 21-year-old stu­dent, said of her en­counter with the Duchess: “We were telling her that she is beau­ti­ful and per­fect, but she said it’s not true – it’s just the make-up.”

Later in the af­ter­noon, they vis­ited The Heart, which sup­ports start-up

‘We were telling her that she is beau­ti­ful … but she said it’s not true – it’s just the make-up’

com­pa­nies for tech en­trepreneurs, where the Duchess was given cud­dly toys to pass on to Prince George and Princess Char­lotte. The soft toys, from com­pany Whis­bear, are de­signed to com­fort new­borns by repli­cat­ing the sound of the womb, re­spond­ing to their cries to soothe them.

Ju­lia Sielicka-jas­trzeb­ska, who founded the com­pany with her sis­ter, said: “We gave the Duchess some presents for Prince George and Princess Char­lotte. She said [to the Duke] ‘we should have more ba­bies’, and they laughed.”

The Royal cou­ple were shown a va­ri­ety of in­no­va­tions, in­clud­ing a ro­bot de­signed for chil­dren to code and a foetal heart mon­i­tor to al­low preg­nant women to track their health.

The Duke and Duchess both tried on vir­tual re­al­ity head­sets show­ing them a view of Warsaw, and played with a ro­bot which moved when the Duchess pat­ted its head.

The Duke and Duchess ap­peared on play­ful form as they made their way around the dig­i­tal in­no­va­tions.

Meet­ing with a group of Pol­ish stu­dents who study in the UK, the Duke made the Duchess gig­gle as she posed for a pho­to­graph, teas­ing her: “You don’t look as clever as the other three.”

The fi­nal en­gage­ment of the day saw the cou­ple at­tend a gar­den party in hon­our of the Queen’s birth­day in the Orangery, Lazienki Park.

The Duke told an au­di­ence: “We in the United King­dom value our links with Poland enor­mously. We ad­mire Poland as a re­mark­able ex­am­ple of courage, for­ti­tude and re­silience.” He added: “With such links – diplo­matic, mil­i­tary, cul­tural – of­fer much prom­ise and op­por­tu­nity for the fu­ture.”

Else­where on the first day of their tour, they vis­ited the Warsaw Ris­ing Mu­seum to pay their re­spects to the es­ti­mated 200,000 Poles who died in an ill-fated 63-day re­bel­lion against Nazi oc­cu­pa­tion in 1944.

There, vet­er­ans ap­peared to take their Royal vis­i­tors slightly more in their stride than gush­ing younger fans.

Colonel Ed­mund Br­zo­zowski, 98, who joined the Pol­ish re­sis­tance and was im­pris­oned in Rus­sia be­fore join­ing up with Bri­tish forces in the Mid­dle East and fight­ing with the Pol­ish 2nd Corps at Monte Cassino, told the Duchess of his ex­ploits.

Asked af­ter­wards if it had been an ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to meet Roy­alty, he replied with a straight face: “Not es­pe­cially.”

Prince George takes his first steps on Pol­ish soil af­ter be­ing coaxed on to the run­way by his father. Princess Char­lotte took the less stress­ful route. Far left, the royal chil­dren peer out of the plane and the Duke and Duchess at their evening event

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