Kate went glam in an emerald dress, a nod to her host country's signature color

By Stephanie Petit
March 03, 2020 02:45 PM
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Most years during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Kate Middleton and Prince William take a sip of Guinness as they toast the Irish Guards. On the first day of their visit to Ireland on Tuesday evening, they got to see what the drink is like in its original home of Dublin.

The couple attended a reception held at the Gravity bar at the Guinness Storehouse, with Kate sporting a metallic emerald dress by The Vampire's Wife in a nod to her host country’s signature color. She accessorized with a clutch and velvet heels.

William and Kate met locals from the worlds of the creative arts, sports, business and charity. The bar, providing panoramic views of the city, was the setting for the party hosted by the British ambassador Robin Barnett.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett at the Guinness Storehouses Gravity Bar during day one of their visit to Ireland on March 03, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland
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The storehouse opened 20 years ago and showcases the story of one of Ireland’s most famous drinks. It is Ireland’s top tourist attraction, welcoming 1.7 million visitors last year.

William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a special reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland at Storehouse’s Gravity Bar on March 03, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are undertaking an official visit to Ireland between Tuesday 3rd March and Thursday 5th March, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
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Kate and William sipped beers — and the prince spoke of following in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth, who popped in during her tour of Ireland in 2011.

“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,” he said. “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!”

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Kate Middleton, William
Kate Middleton and Prince William

Kate, 38, and Prince William, 37, touched down in Ireland wearing green in honor of their host country. The royal mom stepped off the plane dressed head-to-toe in green in honor of the Emerald Isle, pairing a patterned dress by Alessandra Rich under a Catherine Walker coat. William also got in the spirit with a green tie paired with his suit and long jacket.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William arrive at Dublin International Airport Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge visit to Ireland - 03 Mar 2020
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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Sabina Coyne
Prince William, President Michael D. Higgins and Kate Middleton
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From the airport, they headed to see the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and his wife, Sabina Higgins, at their official residence in Dublin, Áras an Uachtaráin. They even met the couple’s dog — just as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry did during their July 2018 visit to the Emerald Isle!

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Kate and William also visited the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin, where they paid their respects to those who gave their lives in the battles for Irish independence by laying a wreath, just as Queen Elizabeth did during her historic 2011 visit to Ireland.