Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Nazi concentration camp

William and Kate visit a former concentration camp on the second day of their royal tour [Photo: Getty]

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have started the second day of their royal tour across Poland and Germany with a visit to former Nazi concentration camp, Stutthof.

Around 65,000 people died in the camp which was operational from September 1939 until May 1945.

Kate and William will meet two Holocaust survivors who spent time in the camp. They will also be shown the discarded clothing that once belonged to the prisoners as well as the gas chamber.

The Duchess chose a floral two-piece by Erdem.The fitted short-sleeved top and fit-and-flare midi skirt were paired with a pair of open-toed nude sandals by Stuart Weitzman and a clutch by Polish brand Etui [Photo: Getty]

For the outing, Kate arrived wearing a floral two-piece by favoured label Erdem.

While meeting the survivors, the royal couple will pay their respects by placing stones at the camp’s Jewish memorial. This is an ancient Jewish custom to honour the dead.

One of the survivors, Zuri Shipper, was just 15 when he was sent to the Stutthof camp. Although reluctant at first to go back to his former prison, he spoke of the importance of remembering the past.

The royal couple met with survivors of the Holocaust [Photo: Reuters]

“It is so important that young people know what happened. I will never give up speaking with the Holocaust Educational Trust – it’s all to do with stopping racism and hatred,” he said. “It gives me hope when I speak to young people, and see that they are so willing to listen.”

“But there aren’t many of us left. I hope today’s visit will remind the world what happened. Everyone has heard of Auschwitz Birkenau but it’s so important for people to hear about camps like Stutthof.”

After the visit, the Duke and Duchess will head to the nearby city of Gdansk for a street party and performance at the Shakespeare Theatre.

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