Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge started their three-day visit to Ireland on Tuesday, March 3, where Kate sported Irish green all day long. This is the first official visit to the country for the Cambridges.Embed from Getty Images
William and Kate arrived at Dublin International Airport where they were greeted by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ireland before visiting the President of Ireland and his wife, Sabina Higgins, at Áras an Uachtaráin (the official residence of the President) in Phoenix Park.Embed from Getty Images
William and Kate also met one the most important residents of Áras an Uachtaráin, the President’s dog, Bród.Embed from Getty Images
William and Kate then visited the Garden of Remembrance where they laid a wreath, which read: “May we never forget the lessons of history as we continue to build a brighter future together.”
Interesting to note that both William’s and Kate’s monograms are at the top of the notecard. I’m not sure when this change happened, but previously only William’s monogram was a the top of the wreath notecards, even if both of them signed it – here’s an example from the tour of India in 2016.Embed from Getty Images
The next stop was to the Taoiseach (prime minister), Leo Varadkar, and his partner, Matthew Barrett, at the Government Buildings.
In the evening, William and Kate attended a reception at the Gravity Bar at Guinness Storehouse hosted by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ireland. William gave a speech which KP, annoyingly, hasn’t put online. KP did put a snippet in their IG post:
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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.KP IG
Kate went Full Green for the first day of the visit. For the day events, she wore a new, bespoke Catherine Walker coat which looks nice but is similar to a bunch of other green coats she owns.Embed from Getty Images
The dress underneath the coat is a new Alessandra Rich dress from the SS20 ready to wear collection which is so not my style. Pleats, and puffy sleeves, and high necks, oh my.Embed from Getty Images
Kate accessorized with green Emmy London pumps, and a green LK Bennet clutch. Kate debuted new earrings as well: Asprey Diamond Daisy Heritage Earrings. As of time of writing, the price has been removed from the Asprey website, but the price was previously listed as £17,300.
The earrings are pretty, but quite an expensive new purchase for day events. It’s insane the markup from certain jewelry brands (well, on all jewelry really). From what I remember, during tours and visits, the host country picks up the tab for her wardrobe, so I hope this wasn’t an excuse to splurge. Perhaps they were a birthday gift from January she’s just debuting now?Embed from Getty Images
In the evening, Kate changed into another green dress I’m not a fan of – The Falconetti Emerald Metallic Silk Dress from The Vampire’s Wife (£1,595.00). I’m really not into the 80s style shoulder pads that Kate has been loving recently, and I will never be on board for ruffles.
I still love that Wilbur and Gussie gold clutch but I can’t bring myself to purchase something I know I’ll only use a handful of times my entire life. Kate’s shoes are Manolo Blahnik in dark green which are new, and her earrings are H&M which debuted in 2018.
Honestly, I wish Kate had broken up the green. Wearing green in Ireland is a bit passé in general but wearing head-to-toe green for two different outfits is overkill. I mean, there are three different colors on the Irish flag; wear some white or orange.Embed from Getty Images
More photographs from Day 1. William and Kate ring “the peace bell” at Áras an Uachtaráin.Embed from Getty Images
A wider shot of the Garden of Remembrance.Embed from Getty Images
Kate taking a sip of a pint.Embed from Getty Images