Prince William and Kate are ending the first day of their tour of Ireland with a reception at Guinness Storehouse. It is the most popular attraction in Ireland and home of Ireland’s most famous export.
The party is hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland, Robin Barnett. While there, the couple will meet a broad range of people from the creative arts, sport, business and charity sectors.
For the reception, Kate looked elegant in a metallic emerald dress by The Vampire’s Wife.
William and Kate followed in the footsteps of the Queen who visited the Guinness Storehouse some nine years ago. Prince William joked: “It’s 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!”
Prince William and Kate touched down in Dublin today, at approximately 2pm. In honor of the Emerald Isle, the Duchess wore a green Alessandra Rich midi dress under a mossy-green Catherine Walker double-breasted overcoat. She accessorized her outfit with a padded headband and Asprey London diamond earrings.
The couple began the tour by meeting President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin. President Higgins invited the royal couple to sign the Distinguished Visitors’ Book.
Later, the President and his wife joined the royal couple to the Peace Bell in the grounds of Áras an Uachtaráin. The bell was unveiled in 2008 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Good Friday agreement.
The Duke and the Duchess were also warmly greeted by Brod, the president’s Bernese Mountain dog. “He’s lovely, how old is he?” Kate asked as she stroke him.
After that, William and Kate attended a commemorative ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance, where they laid a wreath. A card written by them was attached to the wreath. It read: “May we never forget the lessons of history as we continue to build a brighter future together.”
William and Kate’s third stop for the day was the Government Buildings in Dublin, where they were greeted by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett.
On Wednesday and Thursday the couple will have engagements in Meath, Kildare and Galway.