After visiting a castle farm, Prince William and Kate enjoyed a romantic walk in rural Ireland. As they walked hand in hand by the beautiful Howth coast, they met a group of fans who gathered there to see the royal couple.
The Duchess asked them: “Do you all live here? It’s stunning. Thank you for coming to say ‘Hi’. It’s amazing, it’s such a great day to come and see the view.”
William added: “We thought we’d come and get some fresh air! It’s been really good, really good. We’ve had a nice day.”
One of the fans asked Prince William and Kate whether they had been enjoying the country. The Duchess responded: “We are loving it, thank you. We are going to Galway tomorrow. Apparently it’s raining.”
When asked if he tried a pint of Guinness yet, Prince William revealed regret he hadn’t. “I’ve had two sips so far. Every time [I’m about to] have a third it gets taken away from me! I’ll finish a pint by the time I leave.”
During the walk, the couple met Irish environment minister Richard Bruton. He said: “They remarked on how you couldn’t come to Ireland and not see the coastline so they got their wish. “And they saw it in a benign light, normally there is a wind howling – it’s really beautiful today, they couldn’t be luckier.”
Prince William and Kate finished off the second day of their royal tour of Ireland with a reception in Dublin at the city’s Museum of Literature.
For the event, the Duchess looked incredible in vintage fuchsia pink dress by Oscar de la Renta. She combined it with a simple black clutch and pointy-toe shoes.
While there, they were shown a first-edition copy of Ulysses by Irish author James Joyce.
The Prince also addressed the importance of maintaining strong ties between the UK and Ireland, especially since the end of the Troubles.
“Today, our relationship goes far beyond two countries that are simply neighbors. ‘We are firm friends and equal partners,’ my grandmother put it,” William said, invoking the Queen’s words.
“The links between our people, businesses and our culture are inextricable, and we should all be proud to see how strong those bonds are. As we look ahead to some changes in our relationship, we must never forget how far we have come together in recent decades in transforming the relationships across our two islands.”
William and Kate’s tour of Ireland continues tomorrow for its third and final day.