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Prince William and his wife, Kate, were in Paris today to meet the French president and survivors of the 2015 extremist attacks, a trip that marked William's first official visit to the city since his mother died there. President Francois Hollande greeted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this afternoon in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace. The meeting "continues the longstanding relationship between the Presidents of the French Republic and the royal family," the British Embassy said in a written statement. After the meeting, the couple was scheduled to meet with victims and first responders from the deadly 2015 attacks on the Bataclan concert hall and other Paris sites.
They also plan to attend a France-Wales rugby match tomorrow. While the royal couple has visited France several times, it was William's first official visit to Paris since his mother, Princess Diana, was killed in a 1997 car accident. The visit comes amid anxiety across Europe over Britain's departure from the European Union. British Prime Minister Theresa May plans to trigger by the end of the month the two-year process that would take Britain out of the EU. Before Kate and William headed to France today, the royal couple met the families of soldiers at a St Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, and presented shamrocks to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. The two-day visit doesn't include any official memorial events for Diana. Near the tunnel under the Alma bridge, where the car accident took place, tourists paid tribute to her, leaving flowers and photos. Nicolas Herrera, 20, a Colombian studying in Paris, thinks Diana continues to be an object of affection for people around the world because she was "different.
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