The royal couple visited the European Solidarity Centre and met Lech Wałęsa
On Tuesday, Kate and William visited Artus Court and the Shakespeare Theatre. From there they went to the European Solidarity Centre, where they were joined by Lech Wałęsa. - We had arranged this a long time ago - the former President boasted before the visit.
Kate and William's trip to the Baltic coast was almost over. The last place they visited in Gdańsk was the European Solidarity Centre. The royal couple arrived at the Museum at about 16:50. The guests from the United Kingdom saw an exhibition devoted to the history of the Solidarity trade union and the dissident movements that achieved democratic change in Central and Eastern Europe.
Meeting with Wałęsa
During the tour, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by Lech Wałęsa. The former President of the Republic of Poland had been talking about the planned meeting with the members of the royal family for weeks before the event. He stressed the meeting had been discussed much earlier.
- We had this arranged long ago. Everything seems to be ready to give them a worthy reception in our country. I already know what I'm going to talk about, but it takes two to tango - Lech Wałęsa told TVN24.
Kate, William and Lech Wałęsa saw a part of the exhibition together and then passed through the historic Shipyard Gate. At the end of the visit they laid flowers at the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers.
At about 18:00 the royal couple set off for the Gdańsk airport, from where they flew to Warsaw.
First Sztutowo, then Gdańsk
The royal couple spent the entire day on the Baltic coast. They first visited the Stutthof Museum in Sztutowo, where they saw a former Nazi concentration camp. They also met with former prisoners. Then they were driven in a Jaguar to Gdańsk, where they met President Paweł Adamowicz at the Artus Court and received amber souvenirs.
They sampled traditional Polish pierogi on the raised terrace of the Artus Court. They also saw a demonstration of medieval amber working.
Prince William made no secret of the fact that a visit to the Shakespeare Theatre – of which the Prince of Wales is the patron – was one of the highlights of the entire visit. The British guests saw a short performance, during which the retractable roof was opened. From there they went to the European Solidarity Centre.