The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in Ireland on Tuesday after celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force in London. The visit to the Emerald Isle is intended to underscore the importance of maintaining good relations with the country throughout and beyond the Brexit process.
Upon their arrival in Dublin, Harry and Meghan were greeted by Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, who accompanied the couple on a tour of the Government Buildings – where he also showed them a plaque marking the foundation stone laid by King Edward VII in 1904.
From the Government buildings, Prince Harry and Meghan attended a Garden Party at the British Ambassador’s residence. Prince Harry took this time to toast the UK and Ireland’s “unique” relationship. The Duke commented, “There have of course been challenging, and at times tragic, periods of that relationship.”
Guests at the Garden Party included Politicians, sporting stars and those from the Arts including designer Orla Kiely, actor Caitriona Balfe and writer Lisa McGee.
As day two of Royal Visit Ireland began, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with Irish President, Michael D. Higgins, and his Wife, Sabina, at their residence Aras an Uachtarain. Here, Harry and Meghan were invited to ring the Peace Bell situated within the grounds and even found time for a photo with the President and his Wife and a few added canine friends.
From the President’s residence, Harry and Meghan made their way to Croke Park where they were joined by the Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister), Simon Coveney, for a kickabout of Gaelic Football with some local children.
Croke Park serves as principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association but is perhaps best known as a site of a massacre carried out by the Royal Irish Constabulary on 21st November 1920 during the Irish War of Independence.
The latter part of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit to Dublin saw them visit Trinity College – where they viewed the ninth century Book of Kells.
The final engagement of the trip was a visit to the Famine Memorial before departing for London.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Northern Ireland for the first time together in March 2018.