Thousands of flags and pierogi. The royal couple received a warm welcome in Gdańsk
After a brief meeting with Gdańsk President Paweł Adamowicz, the royal couple appeared on the raised terrace of the Artus Court. Here, the British guests sampled traditional dumplings (pierogi) and watched a craftsman work amber using medieval technique. Kate and William were greeted by crowds of Gdańsk residents.
The royal couple landed in Gdańsk at about 11:00 and drove to the Stutthof Museum in Sztutowo. After visiting the former Nazi concentration camp and meeting with former prisoners, Kate and William set out for Gdańsk.
The guests were welcomed by the president
The royal couple arrived in the world's amber capital at about 15:20. Kate and William directed their first steps to Artus Court, where they were officially welcomed by President Paweł Adamowicz, and were presented with souvenirs.
- According to protocol, the royal couple may receive only one gift. Since Gdańsk is the world's amber capital, the gift was, of course, made of amber - said Magdalena Skorupka-Kaczmarek, spokesperson for the Municipal Office. The Duchess received a "Qule" amber necklace.
- The necklace consists of gold, natural milky Baltic amber in the shape of a ball, and a chain covered with a unique black coating - explained Marzena Leś, Export Director, S&A. The Duke received "Elipse" amber cuff links. - The cuff links are made of Rhodium-plated 925 proof silver and cherry-coloured Baltic amber - added Leś.
Crowds welcomed Kate and William
When William and Kate appeared on the raised terrace of the Artus Court, they were greeted by Gdańsk residents and tourists. The royal couple found time to meet with the city's residents, get photographed and shake hands. As they took a short walk, they were accompanied by Capella Gedanensis, which performed works by Wojciech Kilar and Georg Friedrich Haendel, among others.
They royal couple watched craftsmen at their work, and saw a traditional method of working amber. Zbigniew Strzelczyk, master jeweller, used medieval tools for this purpose.
A taste of Gdańsk
William and Kate sampled the Goldwasser liqueur, for which Gdańsk is famous, and traditional Polish pierogi. The latter were cooked by the chef of the "Pod Łososiem" restaurant. - One type was staffed with salmon and crayfish. This is a speciality of our restaurant. The other was made of parsley dough, staffed with veal - the chef told us in confidence.
The royal couple met with a group of British soldiers stationed in Poland, and watched a show put on by stilters, who acted out an allegorical scene from the Golden Gate in Gdańsk. The characters portrayed included Justice, Fame, Fortune, Concord, Prudence, Neptune and Hermes.