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The pair visited the country, as well as Poland, during the tour, joined by their children Prince George, five, and Princess Charlotte, three.
Along the way, they visited Strassenkinder, a charity that supports children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Duchess of Cambridge broke royal protocol when meeting some of the children.
Kate greeted the children with large hugs, something that is often advised against by the Royal Family.
One young girl hugged Kate, who replied saying “that’s nice of you,” while another youngster hugged her from the side.
On the royal website, it says, when greeting a member of the Royal Family: “For men this is a neck bow (from the head only) whilst women do a small curtsy. Other people prefer simply to shake hands in the usual way.”
The website also stresses that the protocol is advisory, but not enforced.
It explains: “There are no obligatory codes of behaviour when meeting The Queen or a member of the Royal Family, but many people wish to observe the traditional forms.”
It isn’t the first time royals have gone for an informal hug instead of a handshake.
Prior to their trip to Germany, Prince William met with the Grenfell Tower victims.
He ignored royal protocol and hugged 78-year-old Fatima Jafari who lost her husband in the blazes.
As she cried, he spoke with her family members and other victims of the tragedy.
Meghan Markle, 37, has ignored the royal rules and has hugged many members of the public.
While in Bath for the Invictus Games UK trials, she was embraced by one of the team, while in Birmingham a child came up and hugged her on International Women’s Day.
The Queen herself has broken the rules on a few occasions in public.
In 2012, a Ugandan orphan hugged Queen Elizabeth while at Windsor Castle.
Former First Lady also gave the Queen of England a hug and put her arm around her in 2009.
The Queen didn’t seem too upset over the action as she put her arm around Michaelle also.