Kensington Royal Tour: Day 1
William and Kate are back on tour, their first since Pakistan last fall – and they’ve headed to Ireland on their first official visit to the country!
Enter Kate’s very Ireland-appropriate green fashions: She landed in Dublin today wearing an emerald green Catherine Walker coat and a bright green dress, and ended the day in a metallic emerald dress by The Vampire’s Wife that looked very reminiscent of a dress Beatrice has worn in the past.
William and Kate touched down in Dublin, Ireland’s capital, today for day one of their three-day visit. They flew commercial there – which is apparently a thing I have to report on these days – and had a packed day, which kicked off with the pair meeting the president of Ireland, Michael Higgins – and, like Meghan before her, Kate getting to pet his family dog! At the visit William and Kate met with Higgins, Higgins’ wife Sabina Coyne, and the Irish ambassador to the U.K. Adrian O’Neill.
The Cambridges rang the Peace Bell in the grounds of Áras an Uachtaráin and, following in the footsteps of Her Majesty, visited the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin, where they paid respects to those who died in the battles for Irish independence by laying a wreath – just like the Queen did when she visited Ireland in 2011.
Then, that evening, they attended a reception at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, where they, of course, drank Guinness and met locals from creative arts, sports, business, and charity sectors. The bar provided panoramic views of Dublin and the party was hosted by British ambassador Robin Barnett.
“In coming to the Guinness Storehouse, we are retracing the footsteps of my grandmother, who was shown how to pour the perfect pint here in 2011,” William said to the crowd. “Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you, it is not often that I find myself following the Queen to a pub! But I am looking forward to testing for myself the theory that Guinness tastes even better in Ireland than overseas!”
In a statement about the tour, Kensington Palace said “The Duke and Duchess will learn about local organizations working to support and empower young people and projects which provide opportunities to help them develop important life skills. Their Royal Highnesses will also hear more about Ireland’s conservation initiatives and efforts to protect its environment, with a particular focus on sustainable farming and marine conservation.”
A couple of other quick updates non-tour related – Harry had a four-hour tea with the Queen, and it seems they patched things up. We also learned that Archie will not be joining his parents in the U.K. for what is being called their “farewell tour” – a little dramatic, as they’re not dying nor completely stopping work for the Crown. Also, we learned that upon her marriage to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in May, Beatrice will become a Countess! I’ve been thinking a lot about fashion today and already trying to envision the direction Bea will go with her bridal look…
More on day two of the tour tomorrow! Can I just say how happy I am for another Cambridge Royal Tour!