Her visit to Germany with Prince William has so far been a roaring success, and now Kate has been dubbed the new ‘Princess of Hearts’ by the media, as royal fever sweeps the nation. German newspapers and TV gave blanket coverage to the the Duke and Duchess’s three day visit to the country which began yesterday, and has been nicknamed ‘die Charme offensive’. The Berliner Zeitung said pictures of the Duchess cuddling children during a visit to a children’s charity in Berlin yesterday were ‘reminiscent of the warmth of heart which before Kate only William’s mother, Diana, could radiate.’
In a headline it said, ‘Fur die kids is the site the Prinzessin der Herzen’ meaning ‘For the kids she is the Princess of the heart.’ On a visit to the charity Straßenkinder, which supports children from disadvantaged backgrounds, both William and Kate were mobbed by small children as they bestowed hugs and high fives to excitable fans.
Princess Diana embraces ten-year-old Heba Salah during a visit to The Institute For Polio Rehabilitation in Cairo in 1992
The Berliner Zeitung said pictures of the Duchess cuddling children during a visit to a children’s charity in Berlin yesterday made her the new Princess of Hearts
The Duchess was the center of attention, with several children throwing themselves into her arms for a cuddle. Embracing one little girl back, the Duchess laughed and told Lilly, six, ‘that’s nice of you’.
Abdallah, nine, also received a hug, after her ambushed her from the side as dozens of children awaited a photocell with the Royal couple. The Duchess, no stranger to glamorous headwear, was also given flower headbands by a group of small girls, during a lively afternoon.
Look royally stylish in a coat like Kate’s from Catherine Walker & Co.
After spending two days on a royal tour of Poland, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are making their way over to Germany for more royal engagements.
The Duchess has been modelling several new additions to her wardrobe during the trip including a floral Erdem ensemble, an Alexander McQueen coat and a dress by Polish designer Gosia Baczynska. For the journey to Berlin today too, it was yet another new piece for Kate. The Duchess stepped onto the plane hand in hand with Charlotte glowing in a blue 3/4 sleeve coat by Catherine Walker & Co. The vibrant hue suited the royal and gave it a season-appropriate feel, while the pleated skirt design gave it a luxe voluminous finish.
You cannot buy this coat, but click right to see more by the brand that the Duchess turns to so frequently, including just recently at Wimbledon. But if you want to snap up something similar, see the carousel for alternatives by Harris Wharf London, Jaeger and more.
Diana getting a hug from a young girl at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago in 1996, a year before her death in a car crash in Paris
Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Princess Diana was famed for breaking down stuffy royal protocol with her tactile displays.
The Princess worked to dispel myths surrounding Aids by shaking hands with a patient without wearing gloves, at a time when people still believed the virus could be transmitted by tough.
And during her public appearances, she was known for doling out hugs and cuddle, particularly to children.
Kate doled out high fives to enthusiastic children who presented her with floral crowns
Yesterday, Kate-mania was in full force with the mood among crowds awaiting their arrival described by a German paper as if ‘popstars were coming. People were screaming.’
Earlier in the afternoon, thousands has braved sweltering temperatures to line the Pariser Platz to catch a glimpse of the royals as they visited the city’s historic Brandenburg gate. The couple are today due to take part in a boat race against each other in the historic German town of Heidelberg. One will cox a crew from a Heidelberg, the other a crew from its twinned city of Cambridge. They will also visit the town’s traditional market in the center square.