Kate Middleton and Prince William kicked off their two-day trip to Paris on Friday. The couple, who celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at the Irish Guards Parade in London earlier that morning, jetted off to the City of Light in the afternoon. After they arrived they met with French President Francois Hollande at the Élysée Palace. Kate, who appeared to fly in the same outfit, flashed her signature smile while chatting with the president. She also threw some loving glances at William, which may surprise some people as the Duchess of Cambridge was reportedly unhappy with her husband’s behavior during his recent ski trip to the Swiss Alps. They then attended a reception at the British Embassy, where Kate stunned in a black dress and matching heels.
During Kate and Will’s two days in Paris, they will meet with survivors of the 2015 terror attack on the Bataclan Concert Hall. The trip also marks the first time William has visited the city since his mother, Princess Diana, died in a tragic car accident there in 1997. While she is surely on William’s mind, he will not be visiting any sites associated with her death. Since the two were sent to the French capital by the British Foreign Office to build a relationship between Britain and France just as their country is gearing up to leave the European Union after last year’s Brexit vote, the trip is about business rather than remembrance.