How Prince William and Kate Middleton Made History On Their Royal Tour of Ireland

Prince William and Kate Middleton are in the middle of a historic trip to Ireland. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are touring the country for three days after what has been a very busy 2020 so far. With the pair reuniting with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for their final royal engagement next week, here is a look at how the couple’s Ireland visit will make history.

Kate Middleton and Prince William
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Prince William and Kate Middleton tour Ireland

William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, flew to Ireland on March 3 and are staying in the country until March 5. During that time, they will make stops in Dublin, County Kildare, County Meath, Galway, and County Kildare.

The mission of the trip is to show how much Britain’s relationship with the Republic of Ireland has improved over the past decade. In fact, Kensington Palace has confirmed that the main themes of the tour are reconciliation and remembrance.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Ireland between Tuesday 3rd March and Thursday 5th March, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office,” the statement revealed. “The visit, which will see Their Royal Highnesses spend time in Dublin, County Meath, County Kildare and Galway, will highlight the many strong links between the UK and Ireland.”

The palace went on to say that Prince William and Kate will be exploring a variety of Irish cuisine and culture throughout their stay. The two are also emphasizing the importance of strong communities, both in the city and in the countryside.

The Foreign Office requested the Ireland tour, which is the first of its kind since Queen Elizabeth visited the region in 2011.

The Cambridges will make history on their tour of Ireland

Back in 2011, Queen Elizabeth visited the Republic of Ireland in what was the first tour of the country by a British monarch in 100 years. According to Express, King George V was the last one to stop in Ireland way back in 1911.

At that time, Ireland was still in the UK and the country’s relationship with Britain was a lot different from modern times. Prince William and Kate are clearly following in Queen Elizabeth’s footsteps in what will be yet another historic trip to the country.

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Today The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been learning about organisations working in Ireland to support and empower young people, and about the country’s conservation initiatives and efforts to protect its environment, with a particular focus on sustainable farming and marine conservation. 1-2. At @Jigsaw_YMH, The Duke and Duchess met young people helped by the free mental support service, before joining a conversation with parents, carers and teachers on the impact of Jigsaw’s services within their communities. 3-4. With young people supported by the charity Extern a range of activities that equip those at Savannah House with key life skills, including meal planning and cooking, and joining them for a game of table tennis – see our story for more! 5-6. On @Teagasc Research Farm in County Meath they heard more about the farm’s pioneering research to promote sustainable farming across the country, before speaking to farmers who have implemented the research into their own practices – and joined local schoolchildren visiting the farm for an educational session on the environment, nutrition and food production. 7. Finally, at the spectacular Howth Cliff, The Duke and Duchess joined representatives from the Marine Institute to talk about their innovating work across Ireland – before taking in sweeping views of the Irish coastline. 8-9. Thank you to everyone that came out to greet The Duke and Duchess today! #RoyalVisitIreland

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“Following Her Majesty The Queen’s historic visit in 2011, the visit will also focus on the relationship between the two countries, and build on the theme of remembrance and reconciliation.”

Prince William, of course, will one day sit on the throne, so visiting Ireland now could open the door for future trips when he is the ruling monarch.

It also shows that the relationship between the two nations has definitely improved over the years and that the royals are committed to fostering that bond in the years to come.

Prince William and Kate Middleton prepare for a big reunion

Once they return from their historic tour of Ireland, William and Kate will be reuniting with Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in what might be the last time we see the couples together for a while.

The Cambridges and the Sussexes are scheduled to attend the Commonwealth Day service, which is being held inside Westminster Abbey next week. This will be the first time Prince Harry and Meghan have appeared with other members of the royal family since their dramatic exit in January.

Once the event is over, Harry and Meghan are expected to return to Canada to continue their new lives outside of the royal spotlight. Their exit will become official at the end of the month.

Prince William and Kate, meanwhile, will continue their work as senior members of the royal family. This includes numerous public engagements in the coming months as the royals do their best to move past Megxit.

Royal watchers get an adorable pic of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis

While fans wait for the big reunion, Prince William and Kate recently shared a super cute photo of their children during their recent trip to Wales. The pair visited the region in honor of St. David’s Day, and during a stop at Tata Steel, their children were given a set of toy dragons.

“Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus – Wishing you a very happy St David’s Day to all our Welsh followers!” the couple captioned the post.

The Cambridges were not the only royals who mentioned St. David’s Day on social media. Queen Elizabeth also got in on the fun and shared a throwback pic of her visit to North Wales in 2010.

Prince William and Kate have not commented on their upcoming reunion with Prince Harry and Meghan. Their departure has caused a lot of issues within the ranks of the royal family and has also required the Cambridges to increase their workload.