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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tonight shared a pint at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin to toast the end of a successful first day in Ireland.

Prince William and Kate Middleton sipped a pint of Guinness at the brewer’s Gravity Bar – a glass room at the top of its Storehouse which offers panoramic views of the city.

William appeared to sip his a little more enthusiastically than his wife, but Kate was still game enough to have a taste.

The couple met a range of people from the creative arts, sport, business and charity sectors at the major visitor attraction in the Irish capital – which tells the story of the famous drink.

The duke and duchess are following in the footsteps of the Queen who visited Ireland’s top attraction a number of years ago. They were greeted by the British Ambassador Robin Barrett who is hosting the party. 

Kate changed into a new outfit for the evening – and wore a £1,595 glittering emerald gown by trendy designer The Vampire’s Wife for the first evening reception of the historic three-day visit to the country. 

The couple shook hands with dozens of people on the first day of their tour and are expected to continue to do so despite the ongoing coronavirus threat, based on advice they are being given.

But they following guidance from Public Health England and the Department of Health and will continue to assess the situation.

There are fears the couple’s tour of Ireland could be overshadowed by his brother Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s return to the UK later this week. 

The couple, who are now living in Canada, will be attending the Endeavour Fund Awards on March 5 in London while Prince William and Kate Middleton are in Ireland. 

The couple were welcomed to Ireland today by President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, who said: ‘Delighted to welcome you. You’ve had lots of exciting things happening in your family.’ 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception at the Guinness Storehouse's Gravity Bar, hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception at the Guinness Storehouse's Gravity Bar, hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception at the Guinness Storehouse’s Gravity Bar, hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland

Kate enjoyed a pint of Guinness at the Gravity Bar this evening

Kate enjoyed a pint of Guinness at the Gravity Bar this evening

Kate and William follow in the footsteps of the Queen who visited Ireland's top attraction a number of years ago

Kate and William follow in the footsteps of the Queen who visited Ireland's top attraction a number of years ago

Kate enjoyed a pint of Guinness at the Gravity Bar this evening. She and William follow in the footsteps of the Queen who visited Ireland’s top attraction a number of years ago

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a special reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland at the Guinness Storehouse

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a special reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland at the Guinness Storehouse

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a special reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland at the Guinness Storehouse

William and Kate were in the world famous Guinness Storehouse in Dublin when they were handed a pint each. William appeared to sip his a little more enthusiastically than his wife, but Kate was still game enough to have a taste

William and Kate were in the world famous Guinness Storehouse in Dublin when they were handed a pint each. William appeared to sip his a little more enthusiastically than his wife, but Kate was still game enough to have a taste

William and Kate were in the world famous Guinness Storehouse in Dublin when they were handed a pint each. William appeared to sip his a little more enthusiastically than his wife, but Kate was still game enough to have a taste

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at the Guinness Storehouse for an evening reception. It is the royal couple's final engagement on their first day visiting Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at the Guinness Storehouse for an evening reception. It is the royal couple's final engagement on their first day visiting Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at the Guinness Storehouse for an evening reception. It is the royal couple’s final engagement on their first day visiting Ireland

At the Gravity Bar in the Guinness Storehouse - a major visitor attraction in the Irish capital telling the story of the famous drink - the couple (pictured) are due to meet a range of people from the creative arts, sport, business and charity sectors

At the Gravity Bar in the Guinness Storehouse - a major visitor attraction in the Irish capital telling the story of the famous drink - the couple (pictured) are due to meet a range of people from the creative arts, sport, business and charity sectors

At the Gravity Bar in the Guinness Storehouse – a major visitor attraction in the Irish capital telling the story of the famous drink – the couple (pictured) are due to meet a range of people from the creative arts, sport, business and charity sectors

The couple are due to meet a range of people from the creative arts, sport, business and charity sectors and spend some time at the Gravity Bar - which offers panoramic views of the city

The couple are due to meet a range of people from the creative arts, sport, business and charity sectors and spend some time at the Gravity Bar - which offers panoramic views of the city

The couple are due to meet a range of people from the creative arts, sport, business and charity sectors and spend some time at the Gravity Bar - which offers panoramic views of the city

The couple are due to meet a range of people from the creative arts, sport, business and charity sectors and spend some time at the Gravity Bar - which offers panoramic views of the city

The couple are due to meet a range of people from the creative arts, sport, business and charity sectors and spend some time at the Gravity Bar – which offers panoramic views of the city

William and Kate were said to be looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the Irish people during their first official visit to the country (Kate is pictured meeting guests at the Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar this evening)

William and Kate were said to be looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the Irish people during their first official visit to the country (Kate is pictured meeting guests at the Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar this evening)

William and Kate were said to be looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the Irish people during their first official visit to the country (Kate is pictured meeting guests at the Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar this evening) 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception at the Guinness Storehouse's Gravity Bar, hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception at the Guinness Storehouse's Gravity Bar, hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception at the Guinness Storehouse’s Gravity Bar, hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland

Kate and William mingled with guests at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin this evening. They met with a range of people from the creative arts, sport, business and charity sectors

Kate and William mingled with guests at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin this evening. They met with a range of people from the creative arts, sport, business and charity sectors

Kate and William mingled with guests at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin this evening. They met with a range of people from the creative arts, sport, business and charity sectors

Kate paired a shimmering green gown with a gold clutch bag and a pair of dangling gold earrings while at the reception in Dublin this evening

Kate paired a shimmering green gown with a gold clutch bag and a pair of dangling gold earrings while at the reception in Dublin this evening

Kate paired a shimmering green gown with a gold clutch bag and a pair of dangling gold earrings while at the reception in Dublin this evening

Prince William and Kate enjoyed a pint of Guinness together at the end of their first day in Ireland

Prince William and Kate enjoyed a pint of Guinness together at the end of their first day in Ireland

William and Kate were in the world famous Guinness Storehouse in Dublin when they were handed a pint each

William and Kate were in the world famous Guinness Storehouse in Dublin when they were handed a pint each

Prince William and Kate enjoyed a pint of Guinness together at the end of their first day in Ireland. William and Kate were in the world famous Guinness Storehouse in Dublin when they were handed a pint each

William talked about coronavirus as he chatted to emergency workers at a reception hosted by Britain’s Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett in the 17th floor Gravity Bar at Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse.

He asked Joe Mooney, an advance paramedic with the National Ambulance Service: ‘I bet everyone’s like ‘I’ve got Coronavirus, I’m dying’, and you’re like ‘no, you’ve just got a cough’. ‘Does it seem quite dramatic about Coronavirus at the moment? Is it being a little bit hyped up do you think in the media?’ he asked

‘By the way, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spreading Coronavirus!’ he grimaced in mock horror.

‘Sorry! We’re keeping an eye on that, so do tell us if we need to stop!’

Prince William tells of how he is ‘retracing the footsteps of my grandmother’ in speech at Guinness Storehouse

Ladies and Gentlemen, a dhaoine uaisle.

Catherine and I are delighted to be here tonight and are both very grateful to Robin for his generous words.

Ireland is a country that we have both heard so much about, so we are really excited to be here with you to see it first-hand for ourselves.

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. 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!

On a slightly more serious note I just wanted to thank all of you in the room for coming here this evening.

Thank you for all that you do to support the very special relationship between our two countries. It has been a pleasure to meet so many of you this evening who demonstrate the breadth of our connections across the arts, sports, uniformed services, education and research, and charity sectors. We value it as we do your friendship and are committed to strengthening it further.

We are very much looking forward to our next two days in Ireland, where I have no doubt we will continue to be impressed by the creativity, warmth and hospitality the Irish people have to offer.

And now with Sene having poured me this perfect pint, I think it only right that I draw to a close. Slainte.

The couple shook hands with dozens of people on the first day of their tour and are expected to continue to do so, based on advice they are being given.

A royal source said last night the couple were following guidance from Public Health England and the Department of Health and that meant ‘business as usual’ for now.

‘This is a discussion we have been having and everything we are doing should continue as usual,’ said the source.

William and Kate enjoyed a pint of Guinness at the historic Dublin brewery of the Irish Stout, with the Duke toasting his hosts in Gaelic, raising his pint and saying ‘Slainte’.

He also addressed the guests from the worlds of sport, film, television and the armed forces in Irish, calling them ‘dhaoine uaisle’ – ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’.

‘Catherine and I are delighted to be here tonight and are both very grateful to Robin for his generous words,’ said the Duke.

‘Ireland is a country that we have both heard so much about, so we are really excited to be here with you to see it first-hand for ourselves.

‘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.

‘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!’

William continued: ‘Thank you for all that you do to support the very special relationship between our two countries.

‘It has been a pleasure to meet so many of you this evening who demonstrate the breadth of our connections across the arts, sports, uniformed services, education and research, and charity sectors. We value it as we do your friendship and are committed to strengthening it further.’

The Guinness Storehouse tells the story of the famous Irish tipple, from the brewing process to the brand’s history in Dublin, and is Ireland’s top international visitor attraction, welcoming 1.7million people in 2019. Almost a quarter of visitors to the Irish capital cite the Home of Guinness as their main reason for visiting the city.

The couple are following in the footsteps of the Queen who visited Ireland's top attraction a number of years ago. They were greeted by the British Ambassador Robin Barrett who is hosting the party

The couple are following in the footsteps of the Queen who visited Ireland's top attraction a number of years ago. They were greeted by the British Ambassador Robin Barrett who is hosting the party

The couple are following in the footsteps of the Queen who visited Ireland’s top attraction a number of years ago. They were greeted by the British Ambassador Robin Barrett who is hosting the party

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at the the Guinness Storehouse in Ireland this evening

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at the the Guinness Storehouse in Ireland this evening

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at the the Guinness Storehouse in Ireland this evening

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted by the British Ambassador Robin Barrett who is hosting the party

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted by the British Ambassador Robin Barrett who is hosting the party

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted by the British Ambassador Robin Barrett who is hosting the party

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at the Guinness Storehouse for an evening reception. It is the royal couple's final engagement on their first day visiting Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at the Guinness Storehouse for an evening reception. It is the royal couple's final engagement on their first day visiting Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at the Guinness Storehouse for an evening reception. It is the royal couple’s final engagement on their first day visiting Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland at the Gravity Bar, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, during their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland at the Gravity Bar, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, during their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland at the Gravity Bar, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, during their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving at a reception at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, on the first day of their Royal Visit to Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving at a reception at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, on the first day of their Royal Visit to Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving at a reception at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, on the first day of their Royal Visit to Ireland

William and Kate stand in front of the iconic Guinness Storehouse gates ahead of an evening reception in which they both tried a pint of the brewer's beer

William and Kate stand in front of the iconic Guinness Storehouse gates ahead of an evening reception in which they both tried a pint of the brewer's beer

William and Kate stand in front of the iconic Guinness Storehouse gates ahead of an evening reception in which they both tried a pint of the brewer’s beer 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland at the Gravity Bar, Guinness Storehouse

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland at the Gravity Bar, Guinness Storehouse

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland at the Gravity Bar, Guinness Storehouse

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Prince William and Kate began their first official visit to Ireland for a post-Brexit charm offensive as they also laid a wreath reading ‘May we never forget the lessons of history’ at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin.

The couple received a round of applause in the garden, which is dedicated to those who fought for Irish independence, as members of the crowd cheered ‘welcome to Ireland’ and Kate smiled and waved back at them. 

They then attended a short ceremony at the site, where in 2011 the Queen laid a wreath in a significant gesture for Anglo-Irish relations.

Kate and William were greeted by Mr and Mrs Higgins at their official residence before enjoying refreshments including Barry’s tea, shamrock shortbread, oat biscuits and lemon drizzle cake – made by the in-house chef.

The duchess looked stylish in an emerald green Catherine Walker coat, an Alessandra Rich dress and £17,300 Asprey London daisy heritage earrings, as she and William walked through the grounds of the Aras an Uachtarain while joking and smiling with their hosts. 

Walking with the President’s Burmese mountain dog, Brod, they gonged the Peace Bell, which commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, before viewing the The People’s Acorn by artist Rachel Joynt, which was unveiled as part of the State 1916 centenary commemorations. 

The duke and duchess later met the Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Dr Matt Barrett during which William joked about whether he should put in his postcode as he signed the visitors’ book at Dublin’s Government buildings. 

Earlier, the couple flew to Dublin Airport on a commercial Aer Lingus flight with dozens of residents returning home, business travellers and tourists. In brilliant winter sunshine they walked down the aircraft’s steps and were greeted by a small group of dignitaries led by Britain’s Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett.  

The couple will return to the UK on Friday, meaning they will miss Prince Harry’s Endeavour Fund Awards in London, which the Duke of Sussex will be attending with Meghan Markle, as the couple prepare to step down as senior royals at the end of March. William attended the inaugural ceremony in 2017 but has not been for several years. 

The two couples will then be reunited for the first time since Megxit for the Commonwealth Day service in London on March 9, which will be broadcast live on BBC One and across the BBC World Service. 

Kate joined arms with Sabina Higgins during the walk around the grounds, showing the warmth between the respective couples

Kate joined arms with Sabina Higgins during the walk around the grounds, showing the warmth between the respective couples

Kate joined arms with Sabina Higgins during the walk around the grounds, showing the warmth between the respective couples 

Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a commemorative wreath laying ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance at Aras an Uachtarain on day one of their visit to Ireland

Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a commemorative wreath laying ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance at Aras an Uachtarain on day one of their visit to Ireland

Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a commemorative wreath laying ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance at Aras an Uachtarain on day one of their visit to Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today laid a wreath reading 'May we never forget the lessons of history' at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin during their first official visit to Ireland for a post-Brexit charm offensive

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today laid a wreath reading 'May we never forget the lessons of history' at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin during their first official visit to Ireland for a post-Brexit charm offensive

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today laid a wreath reading ‘May we never forget the lessons of history’ at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin during their first official visit to Ireland for a post-Brexit charm offensive

The couple bowed their heads in the garden, which remembers Ireland's independence heroes, in an act echoing the Queen's famous act of remembrance during a visit in 2011

The couple bowed their heads in the garden, which remembers Ireland's independence heroes, in an act echoing the Queen's famous act of remembrance during a visit in 2011

The couple bowed their heads in the garden, which remembers Ireland’s independence heroes, in an act echoing the Queen’s famous act of remembrance during a visit in 2011

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach of Ireland, and his partner Matt Barrett at the Government Buildings, Dublin, during their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach of Ireland, and his partner Matt Barrett at the Government Buildings, Dublin, during their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach of Ireland, and his partner Matt Barrett at the Government Buildings, Dublin, during their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland

They met Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins and Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and will attend a reception at the Guinness brewery, the country's top tourist attraction. Varadkar posted a picture on Twitter of William signing the visitor book in his office and said: "It was a pleasure to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Government Buildings"

They met Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins and Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and will attend a reception at the Guinness brewery, the country's top tourist attraction. Varadkar posted a picture on Twitter of William signing the visitor book in his office and said: "It was a pleasure to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Government Buildings"

They met Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins and Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and will attend a reception at the Guinness brewery, the country’s top tourist attraction. Varadkar posted a picture on Twitter of William signing the visitor book in his office and said: ‘It was a pleasure to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Government Buildings’

Dr Varadkar (pictured meeting William and Kate alongside his partner) is a caretaker Taoiseach after his Fine Gael party came third in last month’s Irish elections in which Sinn Fein secured the largest share of the popular vote

Dr Varadkar (pictured meeting William and Kate alongside his partner) is a caretaker Taoiseach after his Fine Gael party came third in last month’s Irish elections in which Sinn Fein secured the largest share of the popular vote

Dr Varadkar (pictured meeting William and Kate alongside his partner) is a caretaker Taoiseach after his Fine Gael party came third in last month’s Irish elections in which Sinn Fein secured the largest share of the popular vote

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received a round of applause as they entered the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Members of the crowd cheered "welcome to Ireland" and Kate smiled and waved back at them

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received a round of applause as they entered the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Members of the crowd cheered "welcome to Ireland" and Kate smiled and waved back at them

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received a round of applause as they entered the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Members of the crowd cheered ‘welcome to Ireland’ and Kate smiled and waved back at them

When the Queen made her historic visit to Ireland in 2011 - the first by a British monarch since the nation gained independence from Britain - she bowed her head during a visit to the garden as a mark of respect for those who died, a hugely symbolic moment. William and Kate repeated the moment today

When the Queen made her historic visit to Ireland in 2011 - the first by a British monarch since the nation gained independence from Britain - she bowed her head during a visit to the garden as a mark of respect for those who died, a hugely symbolic moment. William and Kate repeated the moment today

When the Queen made her historic visit to Ireland in 2011 – the first by a British monarch since the nation gained independence from Britain – she bowed her head during a visit to the garden as a mark of respect for those who died, a hugely symbolic moment. William and Kate repeated the moment today  

William and Kate during the wreath-laying ceremony, which will be seen as another attempt to emphasise British-Irish friendship after after a difficult shared history

William and Kate during the wreath-laying ceremony, which will be seen as another attempt to emphasise British-Irish friendship after after a difficult shared history

William and Kate during the wreath-laying ceremony, which will be seen as another attempt to emphasise British-Irish friendship after after a difficult shared history 

Mr Higgins and his wife Sabina accompanied Kate and Will to the Peace Bell. The president explained to the couple that the bell was unveiled in 2008 by then president Mary McAleese to mark the tenth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement

Mr Higgins and his wife Sabina accompanied Kate and Will to the Peace Bell. The president explained to the couple that the bell was unveiled in 2008 by then president Mary McAleese to mark the tenth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement

Mr Higgins and his wife Sabina accompanied Kate and Will to the Peace Bell. The president explained to the couple that the bell was unveiled in 2008 by then president Mary McAleese to mark the tenth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement

How Kate’s stunning green dress fits in to the royal tradition of wearing national colours on tours 

The Duchess of Cambridge has followed royal tradition by arriving for her first official visit to Ireland dressed in the republic’s national colour.

Kate emulated the Queen and Duchess of Sussex by wearing green, in a symbolic gesture to the country.

The duchess was dressed in a stylish emerald green coat by Catherine Walker and a patterned lighter green dress by Alessandra Rich, with matching green clutch bag.

In 2011, the Queen made a historic trip to Ireland – the first by a British monarch since the nation gained independence from Britain. Her jade green ensemble stood out as she carried out visits in Dublin. It was created by Stewart Parvin and consisted of a crepe coat and silk jade green and blue floral dress. Her matching hat was designed by Rachel Trevor-Morgan and featured hand-made roses.

Kate's green dress this year follows in the tradition of wearing the national colour on royal tours

Kate's green dress this year follows in the tradition of wearing the national colour on royal tours

The Queen's green dress in 2011

The Queen's green dress in 2011

Kate’s green dress this year follows in the tradition of wearing the national colour on royal tours, like the Queen did in 2011 (right) 

Meghan opted for emerald green for her arrival in Dublin in 2018, as she and the Duke of Sussex carried out their first overseas tour as a married couple.

The American former actress, who is now quitting as a senior royal, wore a fitted block-colour Givenchy dress for the occasion. The Duchess of Cornwall chose a turquoise jacket and skirt when she carried out her first official visit to Ireland in 2015.

The Prince of Wales and Camilla have made five joint visits to Ireland over the past five years, a sign of the closer Anglo-Irish relations ushered in by the Queen’s tour.

On official trips, the monarch often uses her outfits as a diplomatic tool, complimenting host nations by incorporating national colours or emblems. At a state dinner in Lahore during the 1961 tour of Pakistan, she wore a magnificent duchesse-satin gown in ivory and emerald green, the national colours of the country.

In India in 1997, the Queen was seen in saffron – one of the colours of the Indian flag and a holy colour for Sikhs – as she visited the Sikh shrine of the Golden Temple of Amritsar. For her 1974 tour of Australia, designer Ian Thomas created a dress and cape of bright yellow silk-chiffon, embroidered with sprays of wattle, the national flower of Australia.

A few years later, on a visit to Canada for the 1976 Montreal Olympics, one of the Queen’s gowns was embroidered with stylised Olympic rings. 

At his official residence, President Michael D Higgins invited the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to sign the Distinguished Visitors’ Book.

The royal couple also spent some time with Mr Higgins in the President’s Study before the bilateral meeting in the Drawing Room.

During the meeting, Mr Higgins was joined by his wife Sabina, Mr O’Leary, the Irish Ambassador to the UK Adrian O’Neill and Claire Power, the president’s adviser.

Kate and Will were joined by the British Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett and Simon Case, the Duke of Cambridge’s private secretary. 

Mr Higgins and his wife Sabina accompanied Kate and Will to the Peace Bell.

The president explained to the couple that the bell was unveiled in 2008 by then president Mary McAleese to mark the tenth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

The bell, dating back to the 19th century, is supported by two oak trunks which came from Shane’s Castle Demesne in Co Antrim and from the Glencairn area in Co Dublin.

The couple then rang the Bell.

Mr Higgins also pointed out the sculpture The People’s Acorn by artist Rachel Joynt, which was unveiled as part of the State 1916 centenary commemorations.

One of the president’s dogs, Brod, also accompanied them.

During their discussions, the royal couple spoke about Brexit and the challenges of climate change.

A spokesman for Mr Higgins said: ‘The couples discussed the close ties between the people of Ireland and Britain and the importance of continuing and deepening close relations between all of the peoples of these islands.

‘President Higgins, Sabina and their Royal Highnesses spoke of the challenges ahead, including the implications of the UK’s departure from the European Union and the importance of continuing to build on the foundations of the Good Friday Agreement.

‘They also discussed the global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss and the urgent need to revisit the fundamentals of how we organise our economies and societies if we are to tackle these existential threats in a meaningful way.

‘The importance of removing obstacles that inhibit young people from building their skills and realising their aspirations for a truly fair and sustainable world, and the particular importance of responding to the vulnerabilities of young people was among the other topics discussed.’

When William and Kate arrived at the Garden of Remembrance they walked along the edge of the open space’s large pool, created in the shape of a non-denominational cross designed to be inclusive of all religions and creeds.

Crowds had gathered along the perimeter fence and a cheer came up when the couple were spotted by the spectators who had been waiting patiently for more than an hour.

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.

The floral tribute was laid at the base of the towering artwork by two servicemen and the couple stood in contemplative silence for a minute, eyes fixed on the wreath.

On arrival, the Duke and Duchess signed the visitor’s book, using a table commissioned by Ireland’s Office of Public Works especially for the monarch’s visit, before posing for photographs. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a commemorative wreath laying ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance at Aras an Uachtarain during day one of their visit to Ireland

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a commemorative wreath laying ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance at Aras an Uachtarain during day one of their visit to Ireland

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a commemorative wreath laying ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance at Aras an Uachtarain during day one of their visit to Ireland

The quiet open space in the centre of Dublin is dedicated to those who rose up against British rule in 1916 and gave their lives for Irish independence

The quiet open space in the centre of Dublin is dedicated to those who rose up against British rule in 1916 and gave their lives for Irish independence

The quiet open space in the centre of Dublin is dedicated to those who rose up against British rule in 1916 and gave their lives for Irish independence

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with the Taoiseach of Ireland Leo Varadkar at Government buildings in Dublin, Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with the Taoiseach of Ireland Leo Varadkar at Government buildings in Dublin, Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with the Taoiseach of Ireland Leo Varadkar at Government buildings in Dublin, Ireland

The Duke of Cambridge meets with Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach of Ireland, at the Government Buildings, Dublin, during his three day visit to the Republic of Ireland

The Duke of Cambridge meets with Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach of Ireland, at the Government Buildings, Dublin, during his three day visit to the Republic of Ireland

The Duke of Cambridge meets with Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach of Ireland, at the Government Buildings, Dublin, during his three day visit to the Republic of Ireland

The duke and duchess met Leo Varadkar and his partner Dr Matt Barrett as they paid a formal call on the Irish leader as he limps on in office despite coming third in last month’s election

The duke and duchess met Leo Varadkar and his partner Dr Matt Barrett as they paid a formal call on the Irish leader as he limps on in office despite coming third in last month’s election

The duke and duchess met Leo Varadkar and his partner Dr Matt Barrett as they paid a formal call on the Irish leader as he limps on in office despite coming third in last month’s election

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose during a meeting with the President of Ireland

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose during a meeting with the President of Ireland

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose during a meeting with the President of Ireland

The royal couple met Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins (left with his wife) and Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and will attend a reception at the Guinness brewery, the country's top tourist attraction

The royal couple met Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins (left with his wife) and Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and will attend a reception at the Guinness brewery, the country's top tourist attraction

The royal couple met Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins (left with his wife) and Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and will attend a reception at the Guinness brewery, the country’s top tourist attraction

William and Kate on the steps of the Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin with President Michael D. Higgins, his wife, Sabina, and the couple's Burmese mountain dog

William and Kate on the steps of the Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin with President Michael D. Higgins, his wife, Sabina, and the couple's Burmese mountain dog

William and Kate on the steps of the Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin with President Michael D. Higgins, his wife, Sabina, and the couple’s Burmese mountain dog 

President Higgins pets his dog while the royals look on. Later, they arrived at the Garden of Remembrance, where the couple received a round of applause as members of the crowd cheered 'welcome to Ireland' and Kate smiled and waved back at them

President Higgins pets his dog while the royals look on. Later, they arrived at the Garden of Remembrance, where the couple received a round of applause as members of the crowd cheered 'welcome to Ireland' and Kate smiled and waved back at them

President Higgins pets his dog while the royals look on. Later, they arrived at the Garden of Remembrance, where the couple received a round of applause as members of the crowd cheered ‘welcome to Ireland’ and Kate smiled and waved back at them

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meeting their hosts' dog in the grounds of the Irish President's official residence in Dublin

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meeting their hosts' dog in the grounds of the Irish President's official residence in Dublin

Kate today in Dublin

Kate today in Dublin

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meeting their hosts’ dog in the grounds of the Irish President’s official residence in Dublin 

The husbands and wives chatted with each other as the walked through the grounds of the grand residence in the centre of Dublin

The husbands and wives chatted with each other as the walked through the grounds of the grand residence in the centre of Dublin

The husbands and wives chatted with each other as the walked through the grounds of the grand residence in the centre of Dublin 

The Duchess of Cambridge walked arm-in-arm with the President's wife, Sabina Higgins, as they walked through the gardens of his official residence today

The Duchess of Cambridge walked arm-in-arm with the President's wife, Sabina Higgins, as they walked through the gardens of his official residence today

Kate with Sabina Higgins

Kate with Sabina Higgins

The Duchess of Cambridge walked arm-in-arm with the President’s wife, Sabina Higgins, as they walked through the gardens of his official residence today 

The couples were locked in animated conversation as the first day of the Cambridges' three-day visit got off to a flying start

The couples were locked in animated conversation as the first day of the Cambridges' three-day visit got off to a flying start

The couples were locked in animated conversation as the first day of the Cambridges’ three-day visit got off to a flying start 

The royal visit - the couple's first to Ireland - was made at the request of Britain's Foreign Office to 'highlight the many strong links between the UK and Ireland,' Kensington Palace said (pictured, Prince William, left, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, second right, walk with Irish President Michael Higgins and his wife Sabina)

The royal visit - the couple's first to Ireland - was made at the request of Britain's Foreign Office to 'highlight the many strong links between the UK and Ireland,' Kensington Palace said (pictured, Prince William, left, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, second right, walk with Irish President Michael Higgins and his wife Sabina)

The royal visit – the couple’s first to Ireland – was made at the request of Britain’s Foreign Office to ‘highlight the many strong links between the UK and Ireland,’ Kensington Palace said (pictured, Prince William, left, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, second right, walk with Irish President Michael Higgins and his wife Sabina)

William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge lay a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge visit to Ireland

William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge lay a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge visit to Ireland

William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge lay a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge visit to Ireland

The duchess looked stylish in an emerald green Catherine Walker coat, an Alessandra Rich dress and £17,300 Asprey London daisy heritage earrings, as she and William walked through the grounds of the Aras an Uachtarain while joking and smiling with their hosts

The duchess looked stylish in an emerald green Catherine Walker coat, an Alessandra Rich dress and £17,300 Asprey London daisy heritage earrings, as she and William walked through the grounds of the Aras an Uachtarain while joking and smiling with their hosts

Prince William and his wife Kate began a tour of Ireland on Tuesday, in the latest high-profile trip by senior British royals since Queen Elizabeth II's landmark state visit in 2011

Prince William and his wife Kate began a tour of Ireland on Tuesday, in the latest high-profile trip by senior British royals since Queen Elizabeth II's landmark state visit in 2011

The duchess looked stylish in an emerald green Catherine Walker coat, an Alessandra Rich dress and £17,300 Asprey London daisy heritage earrings, as she and William walked through the grounds of the Aras an Uachtarain while joking and smiling with their hosts

After walking through the garden, and taking their positions on the sculpture platform, the couple watched a guard of honour from the Irish Defence Forces, before the military band, the Army No 1 Band, played the British national anthem for the future king and queen - something that would have been unthinkable just a few decades ago

After walking through the garden, and taking their positions on the sculpture platform, the couple watched a guard of honour from the Irish Defence Forces, before the military band, the Army No 1 Band, played the British national anthem for the future king and queen - something that would have been unthinkable just a few decades ago

After walking through the garden, and taking their positions on the sculpture platform, the couple watched a guard of honour from the Irish Defence Forces, before the military band, the Army No 1 Band, played the British national anthem for the future king and queen – something that would have been unthinkable just a few decades ago 

A site of 'quiet remembrance and reflection', the memorial garden in the city centre's Parnell Square is dedicated to the memory of 'all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom' (pictured, William and Kate in the garden)

A site of 'quiet remembrance and reflection', the memorial garden in the city centre's Parnell Square is dedicated to the memory of 'all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom' (pictured, William and Kate in the garden)

A site of ‘quiet remembrance and reflection’, the memorial garden in the city centre’s Parnell Square is dedicated to the memory of ‘all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom’ (pictured, William and Kate in the garden)

After a few moments of smiling to the tune of a barrage of camera clicks, the Duchess laughed and turned her hands to the sky as if to say, is that enough? The Duke joked: ‘Who blinks first?’

The couple then went for a ‘tete-a-tete’ in the President’s private office before sitting down for afternoon tea in the Drawing Room with Mr and Mrs Higgins, the British Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett, the Irish Ambassador to the UK Adrian O’Neill, and the Duke’s private secretary Simon Case.

The group enjoyed Irish-themed refreshments including Barry’s tea, shamrock shortbread, oat biscuits and lemon drizzle cake – made by the in-house chef.

William and Kate enjoy stroking the President’s Bernese Mountain dog 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and the president's dog, Brod

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and the president's dog, Brod

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and the president’s dog, Brod

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a suitably Irish welcome to Dublin with a cup of Barry’s tea, shamrock shortbread and a stroke of the President’s Bernese Mountain dog.

The couple headed straight from the airport to Aras an Uachtarain in Phoenix Park – the official residence of President Michael D Higgins -for a private meeting followed by afternoon tea.

His Bernese Mountain dog Brod stole the show, bounding up to his royal guests as they stepped outside with little care for protocol.

As she bent down to stroke him, the Duchess said: ‘He’s lovely, how old is he?’

She was told the President’s other dog Sioda – who is also usually on hand to greet visitors – was out of action with a sore paw.

The President has had Bernese mountain dogs for more than two decades and took Brod, who accompanies the President every morning on his walk through the grounds of Áras an Uachtaráin.

A versatile working dog from Switzerland, Bermese mountain dogs were bred to herd cattle and pull carts and can weigh up to 120 lbs and grow up to 70 cm.

Affectionately known as ‘the Berner’, while the dogs are easy to train, they are prone to suffer with several health issues and shed a lot in Spring and Autumn.

As the media was briefly given access to record the occasion, Mr Case joked that the camera clicks would be the ‘soundtrack’ to the visit, making the Duchess laugh.

Mr Higgins spoke to the Duke about football, telling him: ‘I was watching your celebration of Aston Villa’s goal.’

The group then stepped outside to meet the dog and take a slow walk alongside the property, with Mrs Higgins linking arms with the Duchess.

The Cambridges then joined forces to ring a peace bell, installed in the garden of the grand 18th-century house in 2008, to mark the 10th anniversary of the Good Friday agreement.

They held the gold rope together, pulling it three times before being given a clap.

Before heading back inside, they were told about a 1916 commemorative installation in the garden, which Mr and Mrs Higgins had commissioned in 2015.

The winning design, The People’s Acorn by Rachel Joynt, uses the symbolism of an Acorn’s journey to commemorate the past events of the 1916 Rising and celebrate the potential of Ireland’s future. The sculpture contains a time capsule containing the writings of young and old people with their thoughts and wishes for Ireland’s future.

The Duchess told Mrs Higgins: ‘That’s lovely isn’t it. How long as it been here?’

She added: ‘We’ve been chatting recently actually, kids have got so many aspirations. Can we help them reach them? It’s a case if joining the dots.’

Mr Higgins was elected President in November 2011.

He first met the Duke of Cambridge in June 2014 in Mons for a commemoration of the start of the First World War’s western front.

The pair met again two years later at the commemoration of the Battle of the Somme.

In April 2014, Mr Higgins became the first Irish head of state to make a state visit to the UK, describing it as ‘very important for the relationships between the people of Ireland and UK’.

He was escorted by the Prince of Wales to Windsor Castle, where he received a ceremonial welcome and was met by the monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh. 

The royal couple rang the Peace Bell, housed in the gardens of the residence, which was unveiled in 2008 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. The accord ended three decades of violence in Northern Ireland known as 'The Troubles'

The royal couple rang the Peace Bell, housed in the gardens of the residence, which was unveiled in 2008 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. The accord ended three decades of violence in Northern Ireland known as 'The Troubles'

The royal couple rang the Peace Bell, housed in the gardens of the residence, which was unveiled in 2008 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. The accord ended three decades of violence in Northern Ireland known as ‘The Troubles’

Britain's Prince William, left, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, second right, walk with Irish President Michael Higgins and his wife Sabina at Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin

Britain's Prince William, left, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, second right, walk with Irish President Michael Higgins and his wife Sabina at Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin

Britain’s Prince William, left, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, second right, walk with Irish President Michael Higgins and his wife Sabina at Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin

The duchess looked stylish in an emerald green Catherine Walker coat, an Alessandra Rich dress and £17,300 Asprey London daisy heritage earrings, as she and William walked through the grounds of the Aras an Uachtarain while joking and smiling with their hosts

The duchess looked stylish in an emerald green Catherine Walker coat, an Alessandra Rich dress and £17,300 Asprey London daisy heritage earrings, as she and William walked through the grounds of the Aras an Uachtarain while joking and smiling with their hosts

The Duchess of Cambridge at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin

The Duchess of Cambridge at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin

The duchess looked stylish in an emerald green Catherine Walker coat, an Alessandra Rich dress and £17,300 Asprey London daisy heritage earrings, as she and William walked through the grounds of the Aras an Uachtarain while joking and smiling with their hosts

Ireland's President Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina, and the Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge ring the Peace Bell in the grounds of the President's residence in Phoenix Park, Dublin

Ireland's President Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina, and the Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge ring the Peace Bell in the grounds of the President's residence in Phoenix Park, Dublin

Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina, and the Duchess of Cambridge and Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge ring the Peace Bell in the grounds of the President’s residence in Phoenix Park, Dublin

The royal couple rang the Peace Bell, housed in the gardens of the residence, which was unveiled in 2008 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

The royal couple rang the Peace Bell, housed in the gardens of the residence, which was unveiled in 2008 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

The royal couple rang the Peace Bell, housed in the gardens of the residence, which was unveiled in 2008 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with the Taoiseach of Ireland Leo Varadkar at Government buildings in Dublin, Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with the Taoiseach of Ireland Leo Varadkar at Government buildings in Dublin, Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with the Taoiseach of Ireland Leo Varadkar at Government buildings in Dublin, Ireland

The visit had been made possible by the Queen’s historic trip to Ireland three years earlier, when she brought a century of Anglo–Irish tension to an end – the first British monarch to set foot in the Republic.

Later the Duke of Cambridge joked with the Irish Taoiseach about whether he should put in his postcode as he signed the visitors’ book at Dublin’s Government buildings.

The duke and duchess met Leo Varadkar and his partner Dr Matt Barrett as they paid a formal call on the Irish leader as he limps on in office despite coming third in last month’s election.

Dr Varadkar is a caretaker Taoiseach after his Fine Gael party came third in last month’s Irish elections in which Sinn Fein secured the largest share of the popular vote.

While Fine Gael and the centrist opposition Fianna Fáil have had preliminary talks, they are still a long way off an agreement to form a coalition government. Political observers in Dublin believe the stalemate could continue until at least the end of April.

As the duke and duchess prepared to go into Dr Varadkar’s office, the duke joked with his staff that the couple had ‘brought some sunshine’ and asked if they had been suffering from floods. 

Inside the office, which is dominated by a portrait of the Irish republican leader Michael Collins, Dr Varadkar escorted William to the visitors’ book and said: ‘It’s in Irish, but date, name and address.’

William said with a smile: ‘Shall I put my address down as well?’

Dr Varadkar joked that he should include his postcode, and William replied: ‘Exactly!’ 

The couple's first official visit to the Republic of Ireland was a much more welcoming affair compared with Queen Elizabeth's visit to the same site in 2011, when Irish police were involved in scuffles with a small group of people protesting on the outskirts of the visit (they are pictured with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne)

The couple's first official visit to the Republic of Ireland was a much more welcoming affair compared with Queen Elizabeth's visit to the same site in 2011, when Irish police were involved in scuffles with a small group of people protesting on the outskirts of the visit (they are pictured with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne)

The couple’s first official visit to the Republic of Ireland was a much more welcoming affair compared with Queen Elizabeth’s visit to the same site in 2011, when Irish police were involved in scuffles with a small group of people protesting on the outskirts of the visit (they are pictured with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins at Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, during their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins at Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, during their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins at Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, during their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland

After touching down at Dublin Airport, the couple were taken to the Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence of the President of Ireland, where they were greeted by President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina. The group enjoyed refreshments including Barry’s tea, shamrock shortbread, oat biscuits and lemon drizzle cake - made by the in-house chef

After touching down at Dublin Airport, the couple were taken to the Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence of the President of Ireland, where they were greeted by President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina. The group enjoyed refreshments including Barry’s tea, shamrock shortbread, oat biscuits and lemon drizzle cake - made by the in-house chef

After touching down at Dublin Airport, the couple were taken to the Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence of the President of Ireland, where they were greeted by President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina. The group enjoyed refreshments including Barry’s tea, shamrock shortbread, oat biscuits and lemon drizzle cake – made by the in-house chef

President Michael D Higgins invited the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to sign the Distinguished Visitors' Book. The royal couple also spent some time with Mr Higgins in the President's Study before the bilateral meeting in the Drawing Room

President Michael D Higgins invited the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to sign the Distinguished Visitors' Book. The royal couple also spent some time with Mr Higgins in the President's Study before the bilateral meeting in the Drawing Room

President Michael D Higgins invited the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to sign the Distinguished Visitors’ Book. The royal couple also spent some time with Mr Higgins in the President’s Study before the bilateral meeting in the Drawing Room

The royals looked relaxed as they shared jokes with the President and his wife while William signed the visitors' book at the grand residence

The royals looked relaxed as they shared jokes with the President and his wife while William signed the visitors' book at the grand residence

The royals looked relaxed as they shared jokes with the President and his wife while William signed the visitors’ book at the grand residence 

William and Kate were greeted warmly by President Higgins in the drawing room of his grand official residence before they sat down for tea

William and Kate were greeted warmly by President Higgins in the drawing room of his grand official residence before they sat down for tea

William and Kate were greeted warmly by President Higgins in the drawing room of his grand official residence before they sat down for tea 

The couple beamed as they stood for an official portrait with President Higgins and his wife in the grand drawing room of the official residence

The couple beamed as they stood for an official portrait with President Higgins and his wife in the grand drawing room of the official residence

The couple beamed as they stood for an official portrait with President Higgins and his wife in the grand drawing room of the official residence 

The duchess was particularly interested in a sculpture outside the office, a scale replica of the statue in the Garden of Remembrance which depicts the legend of the Children of Lir, who were turned into swans by their stepmother.

Dr Barrett told her about the legend, and explained how his family home in Mayo is linked to the story through the lakes where the children spent part of their banishment.

Their meeting with Mr Varadkar ran over by at least ten minutes, suggesting that despite initial awkwardness the two couples had found plenty to talk about. As they stood on the steps of the building preparing to leave, William and Kate spent several minutes continuing to talk to Dr Varadkar and his partner.

Mr Varadkar later tweeted: ‘It was a pleasure to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Government Buildings this afternoon as part of their visit to Ireland.’ 

Later, William and Kate are expected to sample a pint of Guinness while meeting leading figures from Irish life. 

At the Gravity Bar in the Guinness Storehouse – a major visitor attraction in the Irish capital telling the story of the famous drink – the couple are due to meet a range of people from the creative arts, sport, business and charity sectors. 

The couple will meet a range of people from the creative arts, sport, business and charity sectors, before having a session with Master Brewer Fergal Murray, who will take them through the process of making the stout and how to pour the perfect pint.  

In opting to wear green, Kate - pictured arriving at the president's official residence - followed a long tradition of wearing national colours on royal visits

In opting to wear green, Kate - pictured arriving at the president's official residence - followed a long tradition of wearing national colours on royal visits

The duchess pictured today

The duchess pictured today

In opting to wear green, Kate – pictured arriving at the president’s official residence – followed a long tradition of wearing national colours on royal visits 

Large crowds tried to peer into the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin this afternoon as Kate and William arrived to pay tribute to Ireland's independence heroes

Large crowds tried to peer into the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin this afternoon as Kate and William arrived to pay tribute to Ireland's independence heroes

Large crowds tried to peer into the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin this afternoon as Kate and William arrived to pay tribute to Ireland’s independence heroes 

Two women do their best to get a view of the royal couple, who are making their first ever official visit to the Emerald Isle

Two women do their best to get a view of the royal couple, who are making their first ever official visit to the Emerald Isle

Two women do their best to get a view of the royal couple, who are making their first ever official visit to the Emerald Isle 

The couple arriving at the Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence of the President of Ireland, watched on by a soldier in full dress uniform

The couple arriving at the Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence of the President of Ireland, watched on by a soldier in full dress uniform

The couple arriving at the Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence of the President of Ireland, watched on by a soldier in full dress uniform 

William and Kate were greeted warmly at the front door by Mr Art O'Leary, who serves as the Secretary General to the President

William and Kate were greeted warmly at the front door by Mr Art O'Leary, who serves as the Secretary General to the President

William and Kate were greeted warmly at the front door by Mr Art O’Leary, who serves as the Secretary General to the President

During the first day of their tour the Cambridges will also lay a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance. The quiet open space is dedicated to those who rose up against British rule in 1916 and gave their lives for Irish independence.

The quiet open space is dedicated to those who rose up against British rule in 1916 and gave their lives for Irish independence. 

When the Queen made her historic visit to Ireland in 2011 – the first by a British monarch since the nation gained independence from Britain – she bowed her head during a visit to the garden as a mark of respect for those who died, a hugely symbolic moment.  

The visit will highlight the strong links between the UK and Ireland, and the couple’s programme will take in community initiatives and spectacular scenery, the palace said in a statement.

The statement added: ‘Following Her Majesty the Queen’s historic visit in 2011, the visit will also focus on the relationship between the two countries, and build on the theme of remembrance and reconciliation.’

It also said: ‘The UK’s links with Ireland are extensive, and the duke and duchess are looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the Irish people.’ 

The Queen’s historic visit to the Irish Republic was made amid unprecedented security, as she became the first British monarch to travel there in 100 years and the first since the nation gained independence from Britain. 

She bowed her head in Dublin’s Garden of Remembrance to pay tribute to the rebels who rose up against British rule in 1916, spoke Irish in an address to a state banquet and visited Croke Park Stadium, where British forces shot dead 14 spectators at a Gaelic football match in 1920. 

William and Kate flew to Dublin Airport on a commercial Aer Lingus flight with the duchess looking stylish in an emerald green Catherine Walker coat and an Alessandra Rich dress

Following their arrival at Dublin Airport (pictured) William and Kate are expected to sample a pint of Guinness later when they meet leading figures from Irish life

Following their arrival at Dublin Airport (pictured) William and Kate are expected to sample a pint of Guinness later when they meet leading figures from Irish life

Following their arrival at Dublin Airport (pictured) William and Kate are expected to sample a pint of Guinness later when they meet leading figures from Irish life

William and Kate were said to be looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the Irish people during their first official visit to the country

William and Kate were said to be looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the Irish people during their first official visit to the country

William and Kate were said to be looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the Irish people during their first official visit to the country

The Duke and Duchess received a warm welcome from the assembled dignitaries, while nearby was a large police presence and a motorcade waiting to take the couple to the city centre

The Duke and Duchess received a warm welcome from the assembled dignitaries, while nearby was a large police presence and a motorcade waiting to take the couple to the city centre

Kate walking down the aircraft steps today

Kate walking down the aircraft steps today

The Duke and Duchess received a warm welcome from the assembled dignitaries, while nearby was a large police presence and a motorcade waiting to take the couple to the city centre

In brilliant winter sunshine they walked down the aircraft’s steps and were greeted by a small group of dignitaries led by Britain’s Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett

In brilliant winter sunshine they walked down the aircraft’s steps and were greeted by a small group of dignitaries led by Britain’s Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett

In brilliant winter sunshine they walked down the aircraft’s steps and were greeted by a small group of dignitaries led by Britain’s Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett 

The couple looked happy and relaxed as they were met by the welcoming party in crisp winter sunshine on the first day of their visit

The couple looked happy and relaxed as they were met by the welcoming party in crisp winter sunshine on the first day of their visit

The couple looked happy and relaxed as they were met by the welcoming party in crisp winter sunshine on the first day of their visit 

The couple are making their first visit to Ireland with the Government hoping the trip will help smooth over Brexit-related tensions

The couple are making their first visit to Ireland with the Government hoping the trip will help smooth over Brexit-related tensions

The couple are making their first visit to Ireland with the Government hoping the trip will help smooth over Brexit-related tensions 

The timing of the visit means William and Kate will not be able to join Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Endeavour Awards in London. William attended the first ceremony but has not been for the last two years

The timing of the visit means William and Kate will not be able to join Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Endeavour Awards in London. William attended the first ceremony but has not been for the last two years

The timing of the visit means William and Kate will not be able to join Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Endeavour Awards in London. William attended the first ceremony but has not been for the last two years 

The duke and duchess - seen arriving at the airport - will also meet Ireland's President Michael D Higgins and the Taoiseach, or prime minister, Leo Varadkar

The duke and duchess - seen arriving at the airport - will also meet Ireland's President Michael D Higgins and the Taoiseach, or prime minister, Leo Varadkar

The duke and duchess – seen arriving at the airport – will also meet Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins and the Taoiseach, or prime minister, Leo Varadkar

The Duke of Cambridge shakes hands with a dignitary after he and Kate touched down at a sunny Dublin Airport this afternoon

The Duke of Cambridge shakes hands with a dignitary after he and Kate touched down at a sunny Dublin Airport this afternoon

The Duke of Cambridge shakes hands with a dignitary after he and Kate touched down at a sunny Dublin Airport this afternoon 

Britain's Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett joins dignitaries greeting the royal couple as they walked onto the runway from the aircraft's steps

Britain's Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett joins dignitaries greeting the royal couple as they walked onto the runway from the aircraft's steps

Britain’s Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett joins dignitaries greeting the royal couple as they walked onto the runway from the aircraft’s steps 

They arrived on a regular Aer Lingus commercial jet, which was packed with businessmen, holidaymakers and workers returning home

They arrived on a regular Aer Lingus commercial jet, which was packed with businessmen, holidaymakers and workers returning home

They arrived on a regular Aer Lingus commercial jet, which was packed with businessmen, holidaymakers and workers returning home 

Queen Elizabeth II and President Mary McAleese during a wreath laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square, Dublin on the first day of her State Visit to Ireland, in May 2011

Queen Elizabeth II and President Mary McAleese during a wreath laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square, Dublin on the first day of her State Visit to Ireland, in May 2011

Queen Elizabeth II and President Mary McAleese during a wreath laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square, Dublin on the first day of her State Visit to Ireland, in May 2011

Britain's Queen Elizabeth bows after laying a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin on May 17, 2011

Britain's Queen Elizabeth bows after laying a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin on May 17, 2011

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth bows after laying a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin on May 17, 2011

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have made five visits to Ireland over the past five years, a sign of the closer Anglo-Irish relations ushered in by the Queen’s tour. 

The statement added: ‘During the three-day tour, the duke and duchess will learn about local organisations 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.

‘2020 will see Galway host the European Capital of Culture on behalf of Ireland, a showcase of events highlighting the richness and diversity of Irish culture, art and sport.

‘During their time in Galway, the duke and duchess will have the opportunity to experience a taste of modern and traditional Irish culture for themselves.’    

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