The Duke and Duchess are spending the last day of their tour in Hamburg, which is Germany’s second largest city and home to its largest harbour.
Hamburg is known for its strong links to the UK, which go back to the 13th century. The first stop the couple made was to the Maritime Museum on the bank of the river Elbe. Here the couple helped celebrate the joint UK-German year of science, which this year is focused on oceans. Three thousand years worth of maritime history are displayed on nine ‘decks’ with precious exhibits, model ships and paintings. There is an entire deck dedicated to marine research. Their Royal Highnesses then made their way further through Hamburg’s dockside warehouse quarter to the Elbphilharmonie. The “Elphi”, which opened in January this year, was built with the aim of creating a new city landmark.
It is one of the biggest concert halls in the world and renowned for its advanced acoustics. The Duke and Duchess were treated to a special performance by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. Kate even got to have a go at conducting the orchestra herself. She said that she had learnt the flute all through school, but refused when she was asked to play something. The audience was filled with children from all corners of the city, with the aim of inspiring a new generation to develop a passion for music and perhaps play at the venue in years to come.
For today’s engagement Kate wore a new custom made Emilia Wickstead, Gianvito Rossi shoes, and an Anya Hindmarch clutch.
The royal family toured helicopter models before departing from Hamburg airport. George celebrates his fourth birthday tomorrow, We hope he has a great day!