Britain's William and Kate praise Paris attacks survivors

Carla Harmon
April 3, 2017

During the stop, the royal couple met with victims and fire responders from two tragic Parisian terrorist attacks - the November 2015 attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead and the 2016 attack in Nice on Bastille Day, which left 86 people dead.

Next, Kate and Wills arrived in Paris where Kate sported the same coat dress she wore earlier in London.

The two-day visit doesn't include any official memorial events for Diana.

The president then walked them out of the entrance to the palace and waved goodbye from the steps as they entered their auto to be driven a few yards up the road to the British Embassy for an official reception.

The two-day visit is Prince William's first official trip to the French capital since the tragic death of his mother Diana, the Princess of Wales, in a auto accident at the Pont de l'Alma tunnel two decades ago.

Kate Middleton saved her best look for last when she stepped out in her third look of the day, turning heads in a handsome blue embellished Jenny Packham gown for a glamorous evening on the couple's royal tour of Paris - it was the ideal princess dress. A Kensington Palace spokesman said their plans remain unchanged so far.

A royal source said that Kate is "disappointed" with her husband's rowdy behavior from the ski trip, but the incident will not break the couple apart in any significant way.

Starting off their two-day visit, the Duke and Duchess were met by French President Francois Hollande on the steps of Elysee Palace where the trio smiled for pictures before heading inside.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the RBS Six Nations match between France and Wales at Stade de France on 18 March 2017 in Paris, France. However, another insider told Vanity Fair that Kate, who apparently "wears the pants" in the relationship, is "less than pleased" with William's behavior.

Since Diana's passing William and Harry have been to Paris on unofficial visits, but this marks an especially momentous occasion of being in the city.

William and Kate appeared in good spirits as they arrived at the reception at the British Embassy ahead of tonight's black tie gala dinner.

The couple will be travelling without their children, three-year-old George and one-year-old Charlotte.

The ambassador said: "This visit also underlines the very close ties between Britain and France, countries which are allies, which are friends, but more than that, this is something we will be underlining in this visit, we have the ties of neighbours, of neighbouring countries".

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