The Duchess arriving.
It's been quite a day for the Cambridges who travelled with George and Charlotte from Warsaw to Berlin this morning. Upon arrival, they began a packed day of engagements which saw them meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel, visiting Brandenburg Gate, going on a walkabout and a visiting Strassenkinder, a charity which supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. They also met with President Steinmeier at the Bellevue Palace. After the long day, I'm sure William and Kate were looking forward to a glass of bubbly!
The couple were joined by 600 guests.
The Duke and Duchess met guests from the worlds of business and culture, as well as representatives of the British Community in Germany.
An overview of the party.
Refreshments on offer.
In a diplomatic speech, William raised Brexit: "This relationship between the United Kingdom and Germany really matters. It is the product of many years of working closely together. It will continue despite Britain's recent decision to leave the European Union."
William's full speech:
'Vielen Dank, Herr Botschafter. Guten Abend, meine Damen und Herren. Thank you, Ambassador, and good evening, ladies and gentlemen.
It is a pleasure for Catherine and me to be with you on this occasion as we celebrate the birthday of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen. It is just under a year since I was last in Germany, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and Britain’s role in its creation. I am delighted to be able to return so soon – this time with Catherine, George and Charlotte.
We have seen powerful symbols of the historical events which helped shape modern Germany, and spoken with those who carry that that legacy forward today. I thank President Steinmeier and Chancellor Merkel for welcoming us so warmly. We have also experienced the city beyond the monuments and corridors of power. This afternoon we visited the Strassenkinder project in east Berlin, which supports homeless children and young people. It reminds us of the difficulties faced by some of the most vulnerable people in society, even in prosperous countries such as Britain and Germany, and the value of both countries looking at examples of best practice in the other.
But we also want to get to know and understand Germany outside the capital. Tomorrow, we travel to Heidelberg, and on Friday to Hamburg. Our visit will reflect, and I hope reinforce, the strong and wide-ranging ties between Britain and Germany. These include political, cultural, historical, commercial, sporting, academic and scientific links. The United Kingdom and Germany proudly share the same values as open and democratic societies, and the same determination to champion those values and to defend them - not least through our very close defence and security partnerships. Today, we share a fundamental interest in the peace and prosperity of the continent of Europe to which we both belong.
This relationship between the United Kingdom and Germany really matters. It is the product of many years of working closely together. It will continue despite Britain's recent decision to leave the European Union. I am confident we shall remain the firmest of friends. With this confidence in mind, I am particularly pleased that the British and German governments have agreed to double their funding of UK-German Connection, the bilateral initiative for school and youth links. UK-German Connection was established after the State Visit of the Queen to Germany in 2004, and it provides a wide range of UK-German activities, networks and funding for schools and youth groups. The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and we want to establish friendships between our young people that will last a lifetime. '
The Prince concluded with a warm message from the Queen:
'Prince Philip and I send our warmest good wishes to all of you gathered for this special Garden Party, on the occasion of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official visit to Germany.
We have fond memories of our five State Visits to Germany, from our first in 1965 to our most recent in 2015. Over the course of those fifty years, British-German relations have thrived, allowing us to face the challenges and embrace the opportunities of the 21st century together.
I am delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will experience the beauty of this country and the warmth of its people when they visit Berlin, Hamburg and Heidelberg.
I hope you all have a most enjoyable evening.
- Elizabeth R'
Kate's dress is by Alexander McQueen (with thanks to Regal Replikate).
Cut from cotton and silk-blend chiffon with a crinkled finish, this vivid red dress is shirred along the off-the-shoulder neckline and waist. The Off-the-shoulder shirred cotton and silk-blend crinkled-chiffon maxi dress is available at Net-A-Porter and FarFetch reduced from £2,075 to £1,453.
The dress is from Alexander McQueen's Spring '17 collection which captures the beautiful landscapes and folkloric history of the Shetland Islands.
Kate Middleton Style notes the dress is also available in pink at StyleBop.
A departure for Kate in the jewellery department tonight - Kate wore the Crystal earrings by Irish designer Simone Rocha (with thanks to HeavenQRF).
The $265 pair are described: "Red flowers punctuated a host of looks on Simone Rocha's Fall '17 runway and translated effortlessly into accessories, too. Made in Italy from faceted crystals, these earrings graduate in size with the smallest stone almost brushing the shoulder." They are available at Net-A-Porter.
Tonight marks the first time Kate has worn the Irish jewellery designer. More on Simone Rocha's bio:
'Simone Rocha was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1986. In 2008 she graduated with a BA in Fashion from The National College of Art and Design in Dublin continuing in 2010 to graduate from the acclaimed Fashion MA at Central Saint Martin’s College, London. Simone debuted at London Fashion Week in September 2010.
Her collections have gained her some of the most prestigious stockists in the world including Dover Street Market, Browns, Colette in Paris, Ikram in Chicago, Bergdorf Goodman and 10 Corso Como in Milan, Seoul and Shanghai.
Simone continues to create in-store installations and windows within her premium retailers. She has shop-in-shops in Dover Street Market London, New York and Ginza as well as IT Beijing Market. She has also worked with Dover Street Market worldwide on special installations for seasonal re-openings, anniversaries and collaborations, always featuring her signature Perspex furniture and hand-made sculptures. She has also had window displays in Colette and Le Bon Marche during Paris Fashion Week. In August 2015 Simone opened her first store in London on Mount Street.'
The earrings also come in 'clear' and olive green.
Kate's shoes are by Prada, they are very similar to the pair Kate owns in plum.
With thanks to those who left links - a closer look at the Prada Quazo Sandals.
And that's a wrap on day three!
If you're just joining us, catch up on all the day's events by visiting our earlier post here.
- Day four begins with a visit to one of Germany's most enchanting cities, Heidelberg, which has been twinned with Cambridge since 1965. The Duke and Duchess’s first stop in Heidelberg will be the German Cancer Research Centre.
- William and Kate will proceed to the centre of Heidelberg, situated by the riverside and overlooked by the ruins of its famous castle.
- They will wander through the central market square, on which a British-German market will be set up offering local food and drink before the Mayor of Heidelberg leads the way to the River Neckar.
- A fun event as the couple will take part in a friendly rowing competition on the River Neckar.
- That evening, the Duke and Duchess will attend a reception in the vintage mirrored hall of Clärchens Ballhaus.
We'll see you then!