The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited Ireland on a three day tour; with stops in County Meath, County Kildare and Galway.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were formally welcomed by President Michael D. Higgins at the start of their visit.
Following the warm welcome from President and Mrs Higgins and of course their Bernese Mountain Dogs Brod and Sioda, The Duke and Duchess laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance - a place of reflection dedicated to those who gave their lives for Irish independence, before calling on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
At Guinness Storehouse’s Gravity Bar, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Irish people from across the creative arts, sport, business and charity sector.
Speaking at the evening’s special reception, The Duke said
In coming to the Guinness Storehouse, we are retracing the footsteps of my grandmother, who was shown how to pour the perfect pint here in 2011. Ladies and Gentlemen let me tell you it is not often that I find myself following The Queen to a pub! But I am looking forward to testing for myself the theory that Guinness tastes even better in Ireland than overseas!
As part of their visit to Ireland The Duke and Duchess learnt about local organisations working to support and empower young people, and projects which provide opportunities to help them develop important life skills.
The Duke and Duchess also heard about Ireland’s conservation initiatives and efforts to protect its environment, with a particular focus on sustainable farming and marine conservation.
The Duke and Duchess visited Jigsaw, a mental health charity which provides vital support to young people across a range of one-to-one, community, school and online services.
Their Royal Highnesses met young people who have been supported by the charity to hear more about their experiences, before joining a conversation with community campaigners, teachers, parents and coaches about the impact of Jigsaw's work within their respective communities.
Savannah House, run by social justice charity Extern, provides a safe space to support vulnerable young people and families who are going through challenging times.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined young people supported by the charity for a range of activities that helps to equip those at Savannah House with key life skills, including budgeting, meal planning and most importantly...cooking and healthy eating!
Finally, at the spectacular Howth Cliff, The Duke and Duchess joined representatives from the Marine Institute to talk about their innovating work across Ireland - and met children taking part in the Institute's Ocean Superhero Poster competition!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined a special event at Tribeton to mark Galway 2020, as it hosts the European Capital of Culture on behalf of Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a special event at Tribeton featuring several Galway 2020 acts, including Livefeed, Hoops and the Galway Community Circus, and met performers, young people and volunteers.