Kate Middleton Kicks Off the Royal Ireland Tour in an All-Green Ensemble

The Duchess selected London-based brands Alessandra Rich and Catherine Walker for Day 1 of her first official visit to Ireland.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down in Dublin today for their three-day tour of Ireland, marking their first official visit to the country. For day one, Kate Middleton clearly decided to embrace the hue most strongly associated with the Emerald Isle—green. She deplaned wearing a double-breasted forest green Catherine Walker coat, with a floral skirt in another shade of green peeking out from underneath.

The printed green top and skirt Middleton chose for the occasion is by London-based designer Alessandra Rich, whose designs Middleton has worn frequently in the past. A bright green L.K. Bennett clutch and Emmy London pumps completed the look, while Prince William offer his own nod to Ireland in the form of a dark green polka-dotted tie.

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The Duke and Duchess started their day with a visit to Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence of the President of Ireland, for tea with President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina Mary Higgins. They then headed for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance, which, according to @KensingtonRoyal, is “a place of reflection dedicated to those who gave their lives for Irish independence.” They ended the afternoon with a meeting with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, and his partner, Matthew Barrett.

For their final appearance of the day, a visit to the Guinness Storehouse’s Gravity Bar to meet “Irish people from across the creative arts, sport, business and charity sector,” Middleton changed into a metallic green dress by British brand The Vampire’s Wife.

According to the royal couple’s official Instagram account, “the coming days will see The Duke and Duchess meet a broad range of people, including children and young people, those working in the creative arts, business and charity sectors – and are looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the Irish people.” Stay tuned.


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