Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

William and Kate meet French attack survivors


Kate Middleton has given us a real fashion show for his first official visit to Paris, meant to strengthen the bonds of the Franco-British friendship in times of Brexit.

To no one's surprise, the Duchess of Cambridge maintained her reputation on Saturday in Paris on day two of her royal visit with Prince William.

William and Kate's visit has been overshadowed by newspaper criticisms the Duke has faced for his weekend away on a "lads only" ski trip to Verbier.

Kids United, a youth musical group whose campaigns are set up to support UNICEF, had a familiar choice in song when performing in front of the Duke and Duchess, choosing Pharell's hit song "Happy".

They also plan to attend a France-Wales rugby match.

Kate traded her British design run (of Catherine Walker, Alexander McQueen and Jenny Packham) from the previous day to show some love to France in a Chanel coatdress.

Prince William is believed to have reassured his hosts that British-French relations are secure despite the UK's recent vote to leave the European Union. Oh, and then skipped the Commonwealth Day service on Monday.

"We think you are very strong and very courageous, you've made wonderful progress", the Duke of Cambridge said, according to the Daily Express. The pair also headed to the historic Musée d'Orsay and were photographed looking through the museum's famous giant clock.

Kate Middleton and Prince William attend the St. Patrick's Day Parade in March 2015 (Photo: Splash News).

Asked if the prince had any comment on the furore, a Kensington Palace spokesman declined to answer directly and said:' All I can say is that the Duke is very much looking forward to the visit'.

Dressed in a tailored green coat with a velvet cuff, Kate seemed to enjoy herself as she enjoyed a sip of Guinness with her husband at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow. The entire royal family was present (except for Kate), and William's absence evoked past complaints of the prince's so-called lax work ethic, with some calling him "work shy".

He said he meant to spend more time on his royal duties and the various charitable causes they support.

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