What will Prince William and the Duchess get up to in Paris this weekend?

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What will Prince William and the Duchess get up to in Paris this weekend?
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Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge will arrive in Paris on Friday afternoon for a jam-packed two-day trip. Here's what's in store.


If you're in Paris and you're a fan of the British royal family - this weekend is your chance to see them. 
Although to be fair, you'd have to be quite lucky to see them considering their rather exclusive itinerary. 
Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton will be arriving on Friday afternoon, without their children in tow. 
And apparently they're looking forward to what will be their first official visit to Paris. 
It seems unlikely that they're going to be wandering around the streets of Paris like William's grandma, Queen Elizabeth II, did in 2004 (the street vendors on Rue Montorgueil still talk about the thrill of her visit). 
And it also seems unlikely that they will be hitting any dance clubs on Friday night, especially considering the prince went viral over the past week due to his "dad dancing" at nightclub at posh Swiss Alps ski resort. 
And according to early reports, there are no plans for the couple to visit any kind of memorial for Princess Diana, who died in Paris 20 years ago. 
Here's what we do know about the royal couple's itinerary:
Friday 17th
Gare du Nord
The royal couple will arrive at the Gare du Nord train station in northern Paris at 4pm. So if you notice extra security on the Eurostar, now you know why. 
The Elysée Palace
William and Kate will then head straight to the  Palais de l'Elysée to meet with President Francois Hollande. 
What will they talk about? Who knows. But you can safely assume there will be translators involved - although both the Prince and the President aren't afraid to try their language skills.
British embassy
After meeting with the president, the royal couple will dine at the opulent British embassy in the 1st arrondissement, at 39 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré where they will host a black tie dinner.
Les Invalides
Kate and William will visit Les Invalides on Saturday, the resting place of Napoleon and the former war veteran hospital, where they will meet victims of the Paris and and Nice terror attacks. 
Stade de France
The couple will be at a rugby match between Wales and France at the Stade de France. Kick off is at 3.45pm, with France hoping to get a win after not having beaten Wales in the Six Nations tournament since 2011. 
And then, just like that, the whirlwind trip will be over, with the Stade de France conveniently close to the Gare du Nord so the couple can make a quick getaway across the channel. 
Photo: Nicolas/ Flickr



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