Stepping off a plane to be greeted by a welcoming committee with the eyes of the world on you would be a test enough for the most confident among us.
So it was no wonder that Prince George, who turns four on Saturday, seemed to be feeling a little overwhelmed as he arrived in Warsaw with his parents this morning for the start of their five-day visit to Poland and Germany.
The little Prince kept close to his father Prince William who seemed to have to coax his shy little boy off the plane and down the steps after their private plane landed at Warsaw Chopin Airport in the middle of a light rain shower.
George was determined to keep a firm hold of his dad’s hand, with William leaning down to offer a few words of encouragement as they were greeted by Jonathan Knott, Britain’s ambassador to Poland, his wife Angela, and the diplomat’s Polish counterpart in Britain Arkady Rzegocki.
George fidgeted, swinging his right leg backwards and forwards before wrapping it around his left as William smiled and shook hands, while Princess Charlotte was feeling anything but camera shy as she smiled in her mother’s arms and waved to onlookers.
The two-year-old looked adorable in a floral dress teamed with red shoes and white socks, while George was in his trademark navy shorts, teamed with a checked shirt.
Prince William was seen leaning down to say a few words to his son, who looked a little overwhelmed by the occasion
Family affair: The visit to Poland offers the family a final chance to travel together on official business before George starts school
Not ready for his big moment! Shy George needed a little encouragement from his father as they prepared to disembark
The Duchess was looking radiant in a white Alexander McQueen coat dress (left), but cheeky George and Charlotte (right) were the first to steal the limelight (right)
The royal wave! While George may be feeling a little shy, his younger sister is already a natural on official engagements
One is not amused! Understandably Prince George seemed a little underwhelmed by the formality of the occasion and was seen fidgeting and swinging his legs as his father received an official welcome
Like father like son! Prince George may well have reminded royal fans of his father Prince William (pictured right) arriving at Aberdeen Airport in 1984 with his father Charles for a summer holiday in Scotland
She’s a natural! Charming Prince Charlotte needed no encouragement to shake hands in the line-up, but her brother wasn’t so sure
Princess Charlotte is already showing signs of picking up her mother’s famous charm, happily waving to onlookers after arriving in Warsaw
A reception at Warsaw’s Presidential Palace was the first stop for the Cambridge’s after leaving the airport (left). It’s believed their children will only be seen in public a handful of times during the visit (right)
The couple’s first stop was a visit to President Andrzej Duda and his wife, Agata at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw
It was straight down to business for the couple who began their visit with a meeting at the Presidential Palace. Polish President Andrzej Duda (right) and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda (second left) and the British Ambassador to Poland Jonathan Knott (third right)
The Duchess chatted to Polish First Lady Agata Duda at the Presidential Palace after receiving an official welcome (left). During the visit the royal will be showcasing her new ‘Kob’ or Kate bob, which she recently unveiled at Wimbledon
Kate and the Polish First Lady both wore a similar silhouette, opting for simple, tailored lines belted at the waist, although Kate chose a shorter hemline
The Duchess of Cambridge kept it simple in a white peplum coat by her go-to designer Alexander McQueen, teamed with a favourite pair of pale pink suede court shoes.
William and Kate’s trip, taken at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, is likely to be seen as another Brexit diplomacy tour, helping to maintain and strengthen the UK’s relations with Europe as it leaves the EU.
But all eyes will be on the couple’s children, George aged three and two-year-old Charlotte, who are getting used to travelling overseas having joined their parents in Canada last year for an official trip.
They are likely to be seen on only a few occasions during the tour of Poland and Germany, making appearances during arrivals and departures at the two countries, and possibly at one or two of the engagements.
They were last seen in public on Buckingham Palace’s balcony watching the flypast following the Trooping the Colour ceremony.
Princess Charlotte was pretty as a picture in a floral dress with adorable red shoes and white socks
Prince William was seen giving his son some gentle words of encouragement as he experienced a fit of shyness on arrival in Warsaw
Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte peer out of a window as they arrive
George, who celebrates his birthday on Saturday, was paying close attention as his father offered words of encouragement (left), although at one point the little Prince looked adorably disillusioned with the whole affair (right)
Peek-a-boo! The children were seen surveying their surroundings through the window of the plane before disembarking
Royal watchers can expect the children to be seen on at least a couple of occasions over the course of the week
The Duchess of Cambridge carried her two-year-old daughter from the plane and down the steps (left). Charlotte was looking adorable in a red and white floral patterned dress
Prince George looked a little in awe as his father and mother were officially welcomed to Poland
With George starting school in south London this September, attending the mixed-sex Thomas’s Battersea school, and his sister likely to be enrolled in a nursery, this is the last time the royal couple will be able to take their children with them without school commitments making it problematic.
Royal watchers will also get a glimpse of Kate’s new haircut dubbed the ‘Kob’, Kate bob, which she debuted during a visit to Wimbledon last week.
Kate appears to have lost quite a few inches from her tresses and it has a vibrant deep brown colour.
KATE AND WILLIAM’S POLAND ITINERARY
MONDAY 17TH JULY
The couple will be greeted by President Duda and the First Lady at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw.
Warsaw Rising Museum
The couple will visit the museum dedicated to the uprising against the occupying Germans in 1944, where they will meet veterans and lay a wreath.
Young Entrepreneur’s Reception
William and Kate will join a tech market-place event, and pitching sessions from UK Polish entrepreneur at the Heart in the Warsaw Spire Building.
Garden Party, The Orangery, Łazienki Park
William will make a short speech at the event held in honour of his grandmother the Queen.
TUESDAY 18TH JULY
Stutthoff Concentration Camp
The couple will meet a group of five former prisoners of the Camp, which was the first set up outside German borders in 1939.
Town Market, Gdansk
Kate and her husband will travel to Gdansk where they will attend a street party in the central market square.
Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre
The Duke and Duchess will visit the theatre and attend a reception inside the theatre.
European Solidarity Movement
They will tour the museum, and meet with founding members of Solidarit, before walking through the iconic shipyard gates, and leaving a wreath at the foot of the Solidarity Monument.
WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY
Arrival in Berlin and official welcome
Visit to the Brandenburg Gate
The couple will meet survivors and tour the museum before walking through the Memorial itself.
The charity supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds
Bellevue Palace Gardens
William and Kate will meet with the Federal President
Queen’s Birthday Garden Party, Ambassador’s Residence
William will give a speech at the event held in honour of his grandmother
THURSDAY 20TH JULY
German Cancer Research Institute
William and Kate will meet Nobel Prize winner prof. Dr. Harald zur Hausen, and visit the stem cell research lab.
Traditional German market, Heidlberg
The pair will be given a tour of the traditional market by the Mayor of Heidlberg
Each will cox a boat each in a competitive race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg.
Reception at Clärchens Ballhaus
A reception will be held at the last original dancehall in Berlin for some of the most exciting new names in the world of art, culture, style, fashion and technology.
FRIDAY 21ST JULY
The Cambridges will celebrate the joint UK-German year of science which for 2017 is focused on oceans at the Maritime Museum.
Elbphilarmonie Concert Hall
A special performance given by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra for the children of Hamburg.
Visit to Airbus
After a tour of the training facilities, the pair will meet apprentices and view the final assembly line of an A320 aircraft.
Official departure from Hamburg
After receiving an official welcome, the foursome walked along a red carpet into a small terminal past the large group of media and on to a meeting with Poland’s President Andrzej Duda.
A Kensington Palace spokesman has said: ‘The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to this tour and are delighted with the exciting and varied programme that has been put together for it.
‘They have decided that their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will travel with them and we expect the children to be seen on at least a couple of occasions over the course of the week.’
William and Kate’s five-day trip will begin with a welcome from President Andrzej Duda in the Polish capital, followed by a visit to the Warsaw Rising Museum, dedicated to the 1944 Polish uprising to liberate Warsaw from German occupation during the Second World War, and end with a Queen’s birthday garden party.
In her element! Princess Charlotte was having no issues with shyness as she waved happily to onlookers
Do I have to, Dad? The little Prince seemed slightly underwhelmed by having to stand in a formal line-up (left). He was dressed in what has become his trademark look – shorts teamed with smart shoes and ankle socks
During their five-day tour William and Kate will also meet survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi oppression as they acknowledge the complex 20th century histories of each country.
In Poland, they will tour the former Stutthof concentration camp where 65,000 people died at the hands of their captors, and also visit Berlin’s Holocaust museum and memorial.
They will also tour the site of Gdansk’s shipyards, the birthplace of Poland’s Solidarity movement that helped topple Communist rule.
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte arrive at a military airport in Warsaw, Poland
It’s set to be a busy few days for the family who will spend the week in Poland and Germany before jetting home in time to celebrate Prince George’s fourth birthday on Saturday
Both youngsters were very well behaved although Prince George seemed to be suffering from a slight attack of stage fright after stepping off the plane, while Charlotte was taking it all in her stride
The visit is being viewed as another diplomatic charm offensive by the royals head of Brexit
Here they will meet with founding members of the organisation but it is not known if Lech Walesa, Poland’s former president and leader of its peaceful pro-democracy struggle, will be present.
Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a private meeting with the royal couple in Berlin at the start of the German leg of their tour on Wednesday, and afterwards William and Kate will visit the Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of German unification.
The mood will change when the duke and duchess renew their friendly sporting rivalry, that seems to play a part in most of their trips, when they visit the picturesque Germany city of Heidelberg, twinned with Cambridge.
William and Kate will take to the waters of the River Neckar to cox opposing rowing teams in a race with crews from drawn from Cambridge and Heidelberg.