The Duke and Duchess travelled from Berlin to Hamburg via train this morning.
They were warmly welcomed at Dammtor Railway Station.
Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city, and home to its largest harbour. It is known for its strong links to the UK, which go back to the Hanseatic League in the 13th century.
The first stop for The Duke and Duchess was the Maritime Museum on the bank of the river Elbe. The visit was planned to "celebrate" the joint UK-German year of science, which this year is focused on oceans.
The couple briefly met members of the crowd.
The couple briefly met members of the crowd.
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The museum houses a huge collection of model ships, construction plans, uniforms, and maritime art, amounting to over 40,000 items and more than one million photographs. It opened in a former warehouse in 2008. The private collection was started in 1934 by Peter Tamm - former chairman of the board of the Axel Springer AG, when Tamm. Tamm said his interest was sparked when his mother presented him with his first model ship when he was six years old.
The building is the oldest preserved warehouse in Hamburg, built between 1878 and 1879 by the architects Bernhard Georg Jacob Hanssen and Wilhelm Emil Meerwein. It was built with a supporting structure of wood and steel columns, the outer walls of bricks also supporting the building. It was designed in neo-Gothic style.
More from the Museum's website:
'Three thousand years worth of maritime history are displayed on nine ‘decks’ with precious exhibits, model ships and paintings. There is an entire deck dedicated to marine research.
At the beginning there was the ocean. Humans stood at the shore, ready to sail unto new horizons. From there the journey through three thousand years of seafaring history begins. Historical documents and sea charts reveal how the modern world-view has developed. Particularly valuable: a copy of the „Atlantis Majoris“ from 1657, the first nautical atlas printed in the Netherlands.
Hand painted crown compasses and shining, golden sextants lead into an era in which a keen eye and steady hand were required to determine the course. A signal station with Teletype machinery and signal codes demonstrates how seafarers communicated up until the twentieth century. Selected models show various strands of development in shipping: from Phoenician galley and Roman trireme to Viking dragon boats, from cog ships of the Hanseatic period and the explorer’s caravels to the last of the windjammers.'
In 1997, the Conservative government committed itself to replacing the Royal Yacht if re-elected, while the Labour Party refused to disclose its plans for the vessel. After Labour won the general election in May 1997, it announced the vessel was to be retired and no replacement would be built. The Queen wept openly at the moving decommissioning ceremony for Britannia back.
The visit will have been of particular interest to the Duchess who revealed during a speech last week "I have always been in awe of the sea". The Palace said Kate has a "particular interest in ocean ecology".
The museum houses a model of the Queen Mary II made entirely of lego.
William and Kate made their way through Hamburg’s dockside warehouse quarter to the Elbphilharmonie.
Opened in January 2017, the “Elphi” was built with the aim of creating a new city landmark. It is one of the biggest concert halls in the world and renowned for its advanced acoustics.
Kate conducted a few bars of Beethoven's 5th.
Simon Vigar reports:
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They joined the orchestra on stage, before listening to a special performance by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. The audience was filled with children from all corners of the city, with the aim of inspiring a new generation to develop a passion for music and perhaps play at the venue in years to come.
Kate opted for a vibrant pop of colour for the final day of the tour - wearing a lavender bespoke dress by Emilia Wickstead. The knee length dress features long sleeves and a set-in waistband.
The lavender shade is a favourite of Wickstead's, featuring prominently in the designers Fall 2015 Collection. Below the similar Esther Wool-Crepe Midi Dress and currently available in a similar colour the Live Cloque Midi Dress.
The Duchess embraced the colour-block trend by teaming the dress with a red clutch.
Guilia identified it as the Anya Hindmarch Snakeskin Clutch with gold-tone hardware and tonal stitching throughout. Below, we show it in black.
Kate accessorised with her Kiki McDonough Lavender Amethyst Pear and Oval Drop Earrings.
Kate debuted the pair in Bhutan last year - they are stunning and work perfectly with the dress.
Kate wore her Gianvito Rossi praline pumps again.
**This post will be updated as the day progresses**