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Kate And William arrive in Ireland For 3 Day Visit!
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Kate And William arrive in Ireland For 3 Day Visit!

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive for a three-day official visit to Ireland today.

The Duke and Duchess  will meet President Michael D Higgins and attend engagements in Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Galway during their official visit.

The royals will travel to Áras an Uachtaráin before a wreath laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin city centre.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is also due to meet them at Government Buildings.

The Duke and Duchess will later attend a reception at the Guinness Storehouse.

It is the first visit by members of the British royal family to Ireland since the UK left the European Union at the end of January.

A statement on behalf of the couple said the visit will highlight the many strong links between the two countries and that they are looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the Irish people.

The statement added: “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.”

It also said: “During the three-day tour, the duke and duchess will learn about local organisations working to support and empower young people and projects which provide opportunities to help them develop important life skills.

“Their Royal Highnesses will also hear more about Ireland’s conservation initiatives and efforts to protect its environment, with a particular focus on sustainable farming and marine conservation.

“2020 will see Galway host the European Capital of Culture on behalf of Ireland, a showcase of events highlighting the richness and diversity of Irish culture, art and sport.

“During their time in Galway, the duke and duchess will have the opportunity to experience a taste of modern and traditional Irish culture for themselves.”

Gardaí have advised members of the public that a series of temporary rolling road closures will be in place throughout the three-day visit.

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