In the evening, the couple will play host to a number of prominent French politicians, athletes and actors at the British Embassy in Paris.

 

The visit is happening days before British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to trigger Article 50, allowing Britain to begin the process of, essentially, divorcing from the European Union.

 

While Brexit is not expected to be an official topic of discussion, the French media is characterizing the visit as a charm offensive of sorts, in the hopes the glamorous royal couple will help France swallow the bitter Brexit pill.

 

The visit also comes just months before the 20th anniversary of William’s mother Diana’s death. Diana died in a car accident in a Paris tunnel in August 1997.

 

However, there are no public commemorations planned while William and Kate are in Paris.