Their Royal Highnesses in Warsaw
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official tour to Poland and visit Warsaw and Gdansk by the Baltic Sea. Find out more about unique places which will be visited by Their Royal Highnesses in Warsaw.
Presidential Palace in Warsaw
The Duke and Duchess arriving in Warsaw at midday on the 17th, after which they will be greeted by President Duda and the First Lady at the Presidential Palace, who will officially welcome Their Royal Highnesses to Poland.
Warsaw Rising Museum
From here they will travel 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 Polish resistance was defeated after 63 days of fighting, but is remembered as the largest single military effort by any European resistance movement during World War II. Their Royal Highnesses will tour the museum, and meet with veterans before lighting candles in memory of those involved in the Rising.
This is one of the most visited places in Warsaw. It was opened on the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. A multimedia exhibition, packed with images and sounds, presents the everyday struggles of Warsaw's citizens before and during the Uprising, the horror of occupation and the post-war Communist terror. One of the museum's main attractions is a replica of a B-24J Liberator bomber. The museum cinema plays a 3D movie entitled "The City of Ruins" — a simulation of a Liberator flying over the ruins of Warsaw in 1945. Near the museum is the Freedom Park and its Memorial Wall, which features the names of more than 10,000 insurgents who lost their lives in the battle.
The Warsaw Spire
Their Royal Highnesses will next visit the Heart in the Warsaw Spire building, joining young Polish entrepreneurs. The Heart is a business incubator with impressive panoramic views of Poland's capital, and is home to a range of exciting new business start-ups. The Duke and Duchess will join a busy, bustling event which includes a tech market-place, and pitching sessions from Polish start-ups.
This event will 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.
The Warsaw Spire and The Europejski Square are one of the most beutiful new public spaces in capital of Poland. Warsaw Spire is a modern landmark and a powerful symbol of Warsaw’s energy.
The Orangery at the Royal Lazienki Park
That evening the Royal couple will travel to the picturesque Orangery in Łazienki Park, where the British Ambassador will host a Queen's Birthday Party. Here in front of 600 invited guests, The Duke will give a speech, which will close the first day of the tour in Poland.
Łazienki Park, the favoured residence of Polish royalty, was constructed between 1774-1784, at the command of King Stanisław August Poniatowski. This is the biggest and most beautiful park in Warsaw, and one of the loveliest palace/ park locations in all of Europe. Stanislaw August was a great patron of the arts, and this is reflected in the sumptuous interiors of the main palace. A good deal of the monarch's original collection has survived.
Lazienki Palac stands over 76 hectares, and combines elements of a traditional French garden within the landscape of a classically English park. The palace is built on an artificial island that divides the lake into two parts, a smaller northern lake and a bigger southern lake; it is connected by two Ionic colonnaded bridges to the rest of the park.