Further information has been released by Kensington Palace about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s upcoming three day visit to Ireland.
William and Kate will visit Dublin, County Meath, County Kildare, and Galway between March 3rd and 5th, in a visit that is being billed as a way to “highlight the many strong links between the UK and Ireland” that will “take in Ireland’s rich culture, its impactful community initiatives and spectacular scenery.”
Kensington Palace also said the trip will build upon the Queen’s historic visit to the Republic of Ireland in 2011 and will focus on the friendship between the two nations as well as the themes of remembrance and reconciliation.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s time in Ireland will focus on local organisations that “support and empower young people and projects which provide opportunities to help them develop important life skills” and will include vists focused on conservation, particularly those about sustainable farming and marine conservation.
During their stay, William and Kate will also travel to Galway, one of this year’s European Capital of Culture. Announced as a co-capital of culture along with Rijeka, Croatia, by the European Union, Galway will promote Irish culture under the themes of “Let the Magic In” and “Hope It Rains”. The programme will be structured around the “old Celtic calendar of Imbolc, Bealtaine, Lughnasa and Samhain,” according to the Galway European Capital of Culture website and will last until January 2021.
William and Kate will undertake engagements focused on Irish culture, arts, and sports in Galway and will “have the opportunity to experience a taste of modern and traditional Irish culture for themselves.”
Kensington Palace notes that the couple are looking forward to “building a lasting friendship with the people of Ireland” and meeting “a broad range of people” including children, young people and representatives from the arts, business and charity sectors. During their stay they are expected to meet with the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, and with the country’s Prime Minister although who will be Taoiseach when the royal couple arrive still isn’t sure following the recent close result in the Irish general election.
Royal Central will bring you full coverage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit throughout their three days in Ireland.