Prince William and Kate Middleton made a visit to Ireland, visiting a farm which is an hour outside of Dublin, where they enjoyed some quality time in the outdoors on a farm. Both of them rocked casual outfits as they met and chatted with children there. The children were from the local primary school, Kiltale School, who were working on projects about healthy eating and nutrition. During their talk, the Duke and Duchess revealed that they would love to bring their own kids to Ireland for a visit.
The royals spent the afternoon at Teagasc Research Farm where they learned about the organization’s pioneering research to promote sustainable farming across Ireland. They even got the chance to spend some time with animals.
One of the children, Thaddeus, 11, talked with the royals about his project called Sustainable Farming Ireland, showing them a graph about agriculture and greenhouse gases. Afterwards, he said, “They asked me [about the project]. They said they wanted to bring their kids over soon to show our projects.” He added, “They said it’s very good to go outside and tell our friends to go outside.”
Teacher Sandra Connolly also talked about their meeting with the royals. She said: “They took an interest in the projects. They took their time as well with it, they were very nice.”
“They were saying it’s so important to get outside and get fresh air and to spend as much time as they can outside.”
Connolly also described the current tour as “a positive thing,” as well as mentioning that the royals said that they would “love to bring their children over to visit.”
“They are obviously very well-known but they come across as a very nice couple and easy-going,” she said.
Another student, Jodie, age 10, shared that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge “were really nice.” “They were asking us about our projects,” she said.
Kate looked great in a casual outfit as much as she does in all her fancy outfits. She wore a blouse by Barbour and a coat by Irish label Dubarry. The Duchess certainly enjoyed this engagement, as she is outspoken on the benefits of being outdoors and in a recent podcast interview she revealed that she is happiest when she is in the countryside with her three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and when they are all “filthy dirty.”
Another expert that accompanied the royals was Dr. Paul Crosson, a beef scientist who described the royals as “extremely well-informed about food production, beef production and cattle farming, and the role of farmers and countryside stewardship.”
He said that William showed his knowledge of farming by asking “incisive” and “well informed” questions. “To me, they demonstrated a couple who were genuinely interested and genuinely had knowledge of the issues around which they were speaking,” he said afterwards. Dr Crosson revealed that half of the beef that comes out of this farm ends up in a UK market.
“Every second animal they saw today will end up there in a supermarket shelf or fast food outlet. And meeting what the UK consumer requires is important to us—the whole issue of animal welfare and countryside stewardship are important in a broad sense and we have to demonstrate that everything we do is adhered to.”
Liam Herlihy, the Chairman of the Teagasc Agricultural and Food Development Authority, also talked about the royals’ visit to the farm, even comparing the farming to the British monarchy.
“Farming is a bit like the royal family where it’s handed on from one generation to another,” he said. “We’re delighted that they are looking at some of our animals and looking at what grass-fed beef is all about.”