William gave a speech in front of the 600 invited guests, in which he thanked the ambassador and locals for welcoming his family so warmly to Poland. He also spoke about Poland's history and read a message on behalf of the Queen and Prince Philip. The future King noted the close ties between the two countries, saying: "We in the United Kingdom value our links with Poland enormously. We admire Poland as a remarkable example of courage, fortitude and resilience. You have survived centuries of assaults on your land, including partitions that were designed to wipe you off the map of Europe."