Royal Tours

Royal Visit Ireland 2020

 

From March 3rd-5th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge undertook an official 3-day visit to the Republic of Ireland where the focus was on the relationship between the two countries and built on the theme of remembrance and reconciliation. Here’s a full recap of their visit!

 

March 3rd: Day One

On Tuesday, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down in Dublin, Ireland on a commercial flight to officially kick off their three-day visit to the country!

 

Full video of their official welcome and arrival in Ireland:

 

Their first stop of their visit was an official meeting with The President of Ireland and his wife Mrs. Higgins at their official presidential residence Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, Ireland.

 

William and Kate officially signed the Distinguished visitor’s book of the Presidential residence:

 

The Duke and Duchess then joined the President and his wife for a meeting between the four of them inside the President’s study.

 

And then they were all joined by the Irish Ambassador to the U.K., the President’s Advisor, The British ambassador to Ireland, and The Duke of Cambridge’s Private Secretary for a bilateral meeting.

 

After all the meetings, The President and Mrs. Higgins gave The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a tour of their home.

 

Lovely photo of Kate and Mrs. Higgins! So heartwarming!

 

Powerful image of the current President of Ireland and the Future King of the U.K.

 

The tour included a stop at the Peace Bell which they rung. The bell was unveiled in 2008 by then president Mary McAleese to mark the tenth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

 

A clip of the bell being rung:

 

And perhaps the most important of their visit was their meeting with The President’s dog, Bród the Bernese Mountain Dog! He was very professional…

 

A group photo (with Bród) before their departure:

 

Full video of their time with The President and Mrs. Higgins:

 

From the President’s official residence, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to the Garden of Remembrance.

 

A place of remembrance and reflection, the Garden of Remembrance is dedicated to those who gave their lives for Irish independence. The Duke and Duchess laid a wreath with a handwritten note that said:  “May we never forget the lessons of history as we continue to build a brighter future together.”

 

Some insight from The Daily Mail: “The garden was designed by Daithi Hanly and the section where the wreath laying took place featured a large sculpture by Oisin Kelly, based on the theme of the Children of Lir, the Irish story about four children turned into swans by their stepmother jealous of their father’s love.”

 

Beautiful and poignant image of The Duchess taken by Chris Jackson:

 

Their final engagement of the afternoon (before an evening engagement) was a visit to Government Buildings where The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge officially met with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner.

 

Sitting for their official meeting:

 

The power couple matching in Irish Green (insert emoji with shades on):

 

For her first outfit of the Day, The Duchess of Cambridge wore a new Alessandra Rich green dress with a LK Bennet clutch and her green Emmy London Suede heels. She paired it off with a bespoke Catherine Walker coat when she was outside and a black Zara headband.

 

Their final engagement of the night was a reception hosted by The British Ambassador to Ireland at the Gravity Bar at the World Famous Guinness Storehouse.

 

For the evening engagement, The Duchess of Cambridge wore a new dress by The Vampire’s Wife with some new green Manolo heels and a clutch by Wilber and Gussie she’s had since at latest 2011.

 

 

A clip of Prince William’s speech at the reception:

 

March 4th: Day Two

Day Two of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official visit to Ireland began with a visit to Jigsaw YMH, a charity that provides vital support to young people across a range of one-to-one, community, school and online services.

 

Jigsaw are working hard to spread the message of the importance of having ‘One Good Adult’ in a young person’s life, and the positive benefits this can have on their mental health. The Duke and Duchess sat down community campaigners, teachers, parents and coaches to learn about the impact the charity has had.

 

A video of their visit:

 

Next up, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Savannah House is a residential home ran by the Extern Charity which provides a safe space to support vulnerable young people and families who are going through challenging times.

 

They were set to help the residents do some cooking but first they had to get their supplies so William and Kate headed to the local Londis for a spot of grocery shopping!

 

Their visit was kept a secret but soon word got out to the locals and when they left, there were over 200 people waiting for them outside! The Duke and Duchess took some time greeting those who had gathered to see them.

 

Sweet moment Prince William nabbed some photos with some lucky royal fans! Thanks to Donna Malone for sharing her selfie!

 

It was back to Savannah House for some cooking!

 

I love seeing William and Kate get hands on with their engagements especially when you can tell simple things like cooking really is apart of their daily lives!

 

Thought this was a funny photo that showcases their major mirroring skills haha:

 

 

Full video:

 

And The Duke and Duchess playing table tennis!

 

For her first two engagements of the day, The Duchess of Cambridge wore a repeated blouse from the brand Equipment with some Zara skinny jeans and Russell and Bromley ankle boots.

 

She also brought back one of my all time favorite coats of her, this Reiss coat she’s had in her closet for over a decade!

 

Kate was first seen wearing the coat in November 2007 while attending the 30th birthday party of William’s cousin, Peter Phillips. She was last seen wearing it on the night her engagement was announced while visited Westminster Abbey. Some pictures of instances below:

 

For their third engagement of the day, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to Teagasc Research farm to hear more about their pioneering research to promote sustainable farming across Ireland.

 

The Duke and Duchess spoke to a group of farmers who have implemented the research into their own practices.

 

You may have noticed that recently both Kate, but mainly William, have done lots of farm visits and talks about sustainability and that’s because in the near-future, The Duke of Cambridge will be taking over the Duchy of Cornwall.

 

Full video of their visit to the cows:

 

From their, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge traveled to gorgeously scenic Howth where they took a stroll along the famous and scenic cliff walk.

 

The Duke and Duchess met with representatives from All-Ireland Ocean Youth to talk about Ocean Climate Change and the work that the organization does in Dublin.

 

Loved this reply from the person talking to The Duchess about how much she knew on the subject of climate change!

 

Lovely video of William and Kate stopping to chat to some well wishers while on their walk. I love how engaging they are:

 

And of course can’t forget this lovely photo of them walking arm in arm when they thought they were far from the media’s view…

 

William and Kate were seen stopping to take a quick picture!

And it was later released by Kensington Palace as a thank you for the warm welcome from Ireland! It’s now one of my favorite photos of those two!

 

For Kate’s casual afternoon outfit, she changed into a Barbara x Alexa Chung blouse with DuBarry Utility jacked and traded the ankle boots for her favorite Penelope Chilvers Long Tassell Boots.

 

For their final engagement of Day Two, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception hosted by Tánaiste (deputy Prime Minister) Simon Coveney at the Museum of Literature.

 

Here they are viewing the very first copy of James Joyce’s book, “Ulysses”.

 

The Duke of Cambridge gave a speech where he talked a bit about the post-Brexit relationship between the U.K. and Ireland. Some of it from KP:

His full speech:

 

For the final evening engagement of the visit to Ireland, The Duchess of Cambridge brought out a vintage Oscar de la Renta dress with Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch already from her closet.

 

March 5th: Day Three (Final Day)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrapped up their 3-Day visit to Ireland by spending the day in Galway, one of two European Capitals of Culture for 2020.

 

 

Their first stop of the day was at Tribeton to mark Galway 2020 as it hosts the European Capital of Culture on behalf of Ireland.

 

At the special event, The Duke and Duchess were introduced to some of the acts from Galway 2020 including Livefeed Galway, Hoops, and the Galway Circus.

 

Here’s a video of Prince William juggling and he’s actually really good at it:

 

And some tidbits about the kiddos!

 

Full video:

 

 

Next, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to traditional Tig Coili, Irish pub in Galway city center, to meet Galwegians who volunteer to promote the city and its people.

 

A video from inside the Pub with some fantastic music being played and The Duchess playing with a baby!

 

Upon their departure from the pub, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge undertook a walkabout where they met people for over ten minutes. Here’s them leaving Tig Coili and deciding which way they’ll go to divide and conquer!

 

Prince William joking around with the crowds haha:

 

And as always, our wonderful Duchess took her time greeting the crowds while her Duke waited on the sidelines for her!

 

Full video:

 

For the first two engagements, The Duchess of Cambridge wore a new bespoke dress by Susannah Fashion with a Jimmy Choo clutch, a Sézane Paris belt, and her Ralph Lauren knee-high Boots.

 

While outside, The Duchess put on her Alexander McQueen green coat she debuted earlier this year in January.

 

Their final stop of Royal Visit Ireland was a visit to a Gaelic Athletic Association club to learn more about traditional sports popular across.

 

They got to play some hurling and Gaelic football. As always, The Duke and Duchess dove right in and participated!

 

 

Some of The Duke’s sport faces haha!

 

The absolute most competitive couple I know!

 

For her last outfit of the visit, The Duchess of Cambridge turned to a long time favorite brand, Really Wild, for her coral sweater which she wore with her Zara jeans and her Sweaty Betty trainers.

 

Full video of their final engagement:

 

 

A successful visit topped off with a lovely wrap video from Kensington Palace!

 

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