Image copyright AP Image caption The royal couple travelled to Paris at the request of the Foreign Office

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have met survivors of the 2015 Bataclan terror attack during a visit to Les Invalides military infirmary in Paris.

Praising the survivors for their mettle, the duke told them: “We think you are very strong and very brave, you’ve made amazing progress.”

The couple’s official two-day visit began on Friday, and is seen as a mission to promote British pastimes.

They also visited the Musee d’Orsay and visualized France v Wales in the Six Nations.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The couple met Jessica, who was shot seven periods during the attack
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption They also converged French war veterans during their see to Les Invalides

Some 90 people were killed by gunmen at the Bataclan music venue in Paris in November 2015. Another 40 people was killed in strikes elsewhere in the city on the same nighttime.

The royal duo met a 25 -year-old, announced Jessica, who was shot seven hours in the leg, hip and back as she dined with pals on her birthday at La Belle Equipe restaurant, and Kevin, 28, a Bataclan concert-goer shot in the leg.

Jessica, whose friend Victor Munoz was killed with one shot, said: “At first I was a bit shy and didn’t want to talk about it because of all of the sorenes and grief.

“But now I want to say we are not only casualties, we have lives, we have boyfriends, lovers, wreak.

“I want to speak about my friend who died, to accepted him. I want people to remember who he was.”

Image copyright AFP Image caption Outside the hospital the latter are welcomed by French children
Image copyright PA Image caption The duchess was presented with a wreath of spring blooms

As the duke and duchess toured the historical Les Invalides hospital, where they likewise satisfied war veterans, a gentleman was shot as he was attempting to grab a soldier’s gun at Orly Airport in Paris.

The incident did not alter their itinerary and there was no sign of security interests being increased.

They eventually accompanied a “Les Voisins[ neighbours] in Action” event at the Trocadero square, highlighting the ties between young person in France and the UK, before moving on to the rugby at the Stade de France.

France scored a is an attempt a transition to win 20 -1 8 over Wales deep into extra time.


‘Emblems of Britain’

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By Nicholas Witchell, BBC royal correspondent

Not since the Queen’s visit to the Republic of Ireland in 2011 have the imperials had such a clear-cut foreign mission.

Not that the British government would ever acknowledge just as much, but it is that same authority which ends where to deploy the senior imperials on their foreign pass – and at the moment the royals are being despatched to countries within the European Union.

Prince William and Catherine in Paris over the past two days and then, in July, to Germany and Poland; Charles and Camilla to Italy and Austria in a couple of weeks; and not forgetting that the Queen herself will be hosting a position see to Britain by the King of Spain in June.

The British Royal Family are expected to be strictly non-political at home – but on their official foreign expeditions they are crests of Britain and the means of British foreign policy.

And right at the moment – with hugely important and potentially very difficult Brexit talks about to start – they are being transmitted off to the purposes of British interests.

They are, perhaps uniquely, able to represent the bigger depict by drawing attention to the many shared interests the UK has with its European neighbours – pastimes and endeavors which will continue long after the ink has dried on whatever expressions the legislators ultimately concur for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.


Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Well-wishers waved Union Jack pennants as they gathered to meet the couple at Trocadero square
Image copyright PA Image caption They were attending an episode promoting ties between young people in France and the UK
Image copyright AP Image caption The duke and duchess were represented at the France v Wales rugby competition at the Stade de France

Speaking at the start of government officials visit on Friday, the sovereign said the UK’s relationship with France would continue despite the vote to leave the EU.

He said the friendship and co-operation between the two nations “would not change”.

It is Prince William’s first official visit to the city where his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash in 1997.

The trip comes likewise comes after the duke faced wonders over his occupation ethic for “re missing a” Commonwealth celebration to take a skiing vacation with pals.

It have all contributed to analysi from some newspapers after a video emerged of him dancing and in a DJ booth during the trip

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The couple have travelled without “their childrens”, three-year-old George and one-year-old Charlotte.

Kensington Palace said the trip was at the wishes of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: “Royal stays play important roles in the United Kingdom’s bilateral diplomacy.

“Whilst every royal visit is unique, each visit is designed to support foreign policy objectives and promote closer ties across a range of areas, for example culture, financial or political, between the UK and the multitude country.”

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