Today, Kate Middleton and Prince William arrived in Paris as part of an official royal visit. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted by French president François Hollande at The Élysées Palace, the official residence of France's leader. Middleton wore the same green coat that she had appeared in earlier this morning for a St. Patrick's Day ceremony back in the U.K., but let down her hair to give the ensemble a fresh new beauty look.
During their two-day stay, the Duke and Duchess are expected to meet with young French leaders, attend a rugby match, and dine at the official residence of England’s ambassador to France—among other things. Kensington Palace announced news of the visit last month, sharing the following statement on Instagram.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official two-day visit to Paris on 17th and 18th March. Their Royal Highness’ visit is at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Full details of the visit will be announced in due course, but the itinerary will include a reception for young French leaders from a variety of fields, a formal dinner at the residence of Her Majesty’s Ambassador and attendance at the Wales v France Six Nations test at the Stade de France."
The couple most recently went on a major trip last fall, when they visited Canada with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. And in the spring, the pair traveled to India for an official royal tour. Their Paris jaunt may be much shorter than both of these lengthier journeys, but no doubt comes with its own significance. This summer will mark 20 years since Princess Diana, Prince William’s mother, died in Paris in a car accident.
This story originally appeared on Vogue.
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