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Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive in Galway

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive in Galway

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today tried their hand at playing traditional Gaelic sports as their successful three-day tour of Ireland came to a close. Prince William and Kate looked animated and laughed as they had a go at hurling and Gaelic football at Salthill Knocknacarra Gaelic Athletic Association in Galway while a group

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today tried their hand at playing traditional Gaelic sports as their successful three-day tour of Ireland came to a close.

Prince William and Kate looked animated and laughed as they had a go at hurling and Gaelic football at Salthill Knocknacarra Gaelic Athletic Association in Galway while a group of children watched on.

They learned more about the traditional sports which are popular across Ireland, and joined children and young people from the club’s teams as they took part in matches on the pitch. 

Their attempt at the sports comes three years after William’s father Prince Charles also tried hurling in Ireland while visiting Kilkenny Castle in March 2017 as his wife Camilla watched on. 

It came after the royal couple revealed today that their son Prince George is learning the guitar and daughter Princess Charlotte is ‘very into gymnastics’, as William showed off his juggling skills to his wife Kate.

The Duke, who also went on a walkabout meeting members of the public with Kate today, displayed his circus talent as the couple watched a cultural showcase at Tribeton, one of Galway’s best-known an Art-Deco buildings.

There they were given a taste of some of the acts that will represent the city later this year, which is hosting the European City of Culture with more than 1,900 events and 150 projects with artists.

William, who is coming to the end of his three-day tour of Ireland with Kate this afternoon, kept three balls in the air with ease, revealing a career in the circus is always an option for the future king.

His talents were met with cheering and applause – but when a fourth ball was added the gravity defying display quickly came to an end – and, when the balls tumbled to the ground, the couple laughed.

The start of their final day in Ireland today was delayed after bad weather affected their travel, with their arrival in Galway put back after fog in the Dublin area caused problems with their helicopter departure.

After visiting the Tribeton restaurant, the couple later went to Tig Coili, a family-owned, traditional Irish pub in Galway city centre, where they met local Galwegians who volunteer to promote the city and its people.

The Duchess of Cambridge tries out hurling during a visit to a local Gaelic Athletic Association club in Galway today

The Duchess of Cambridge tries out hurling during a visit to a local Gaelic Athletic Association club in Galway today

The Duchess of Cambridge tries her hand at hurling as part of the royal visit to Salthill Knocknacarra Club in Galway today

Kate reacts during the hurling tutorial today

The Duchess of Cambridge tries her hand at hurling as part of the royal visit to Salthill Knocknacarra Club in Galway today

Kate swings her hurling stick as she tries out the sport during a visit to a Gaelic Athletic Association club in Galway today

Kate swings her hurling stick as she tries out the sport during a visit to a Gaelic Athletic Association club in Galway today

Kate during her visit to the GAA Club in Galway today

The Duchess of Cambridge tries her hand at Gaelic Football as part of her visit to Salthill Knocknacarra Club in Galway today

The Duchess of Cambridge tries her hand at Gaelic Football as part of her visit to Salthill Knocknacarra Club in Galway today

The Duke of Cambridge tries his hand at hurling at Salthill Knocknacarra GAA Club in Galway this afternoon

The Duke of Cambridge tries his hand at hurling at Salthill Knocknacarra GAA Club in Galway this afternoon

Kate gasps while trying hurling at Salthill Knocknacarra GAA Club in Galway on the third day of her visit to Ireland today

Kate gasps while trying hurling at Salthill Knocknacarra GAA Club in Galway on the third day of her visit to Ireland today

William and Kate today learned about the traditional sports of hurling and Gaelic football which are popular across Ireland

William and Kate today learned about the traditional sports of hurling and Gaelic football which are popular across Ireland

Prince William gasps as he tries his hand at hurling during a visit to Salthill Knocknacarra GAA Club in Galway today

Prince William gasps as he tries his hand at hurling during a visit to Salthill Knocknacarra GAA Club in Galway today

William and Kate join children and young people from the club's teams in Galway today as they take part in matches

William and Kate join children and young people from the club’s teams in Galway today as they take part in matches

The Duke of Cambridge smiles as he visits Salthill Knocknacarra GAA Club in Galway today with his wife Kate

The Duke of Cambridge smiles as he visits Salthill Knocknacarra GAA Club in Galway today with his wife Kate

The City of Culture events will feature local, national, European and international artists – celebrating all aspects of Irish culture, including music, theatre, literature, visual arts, dance, film, architecture and food.

The couple arrived at Tribeton around an hour behind schedule, due to fog in Dublin, with Kate wearing a green dress by Suzannah, with black suede high-heel boots and a black belt with diamante clasp.

On arrival, the couple met Patricia Philben, chief executive of Galway 2020, who accompanied them for the visit showcasing special performances featuring several of Galway 2020’s acts.

This included Livefeed, a project supporting the city’s youth music scene, Hoops, a youth basketball project, and the Galway Community Circus, which works with more than 600 diverse young people to advance their social development. ‘Sorry we’re late,’ said William. ‘We were in the only place in Dublin with fog.’ 

After being shown a Sea Tamagotchi display of Gaelic words which are falling out of use which William pledged to practice, the couple were treated to a three-minute performance by the band NØÖV, a group of local friends, Conall O’Floinn, 15 and Joe Kelly, 15, both on guitar, Molly Terrins, 15, their singer, Stevie Healy, 14, on drums and Daniel Ryan, 15 on bass guitar.

The Duchess of Cambridge tries out hurling in Galway today

The Duchess of Cambridge tries out hurling in Galway this afternoon as a group of young players watch on

The Duchess of Cambridge tries out hurling in Galway this afternoon as a group of young players watch on

The Duke of Cambridge reacts as he tries out hurling during a visit to a local Gaelic Athletic Association club in Galway today

The Duke of Cambridge reacts as he tries out hurling during a visit to a local Gaelic Athletic Association club in Galway today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a visit to Salthill Knocknacarra GAA Club in Galway this afternoon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a visit to Salthill Knocknacarra GAA Club in Galway this afternoon

The Duke of Cambridge at Salthill Knocknacarra GAA Club in Galway today, where he is visiting with his wife Kate

The Duke is given a tutorial at the GAA Club in Galway

The Duke of Cambridge at Salthill Knocknacarra GAA Club in Galway today, where he is visiting with his wife Kate

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Salthill Knocknacarra Gaelic Athletic Association Club in Galway today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Salthill Knocknacarra Gaelic Athletic Association Club in Galway today

William and Kate walk together at the GAA Club this afternoon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Salthill Knocknacarra GAA Club in Galway, to learn more about traditional sports during the third day of their visit to the Republic of Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are learning more about traditional sports during the third day of Irish trip today

The Duke and Duchess smile as they arrive for a visit to Salthill Knocknacarra Gaelic Athletic Association Club today

The Duke and Duchess smile as they arrive for a visit to Salthill Knocknacarra Gaelic Athletic Association Club today

The Duke of Cambridge is given a tutorial while visiting Salthill Knocknacarra Gaelic Athletic Association Club this afternoon

The Duke learns the ropes at the GAA Club today

The Duke of Cambridge is given a tutorial while visiting Salthill Knocknacarra Gaelic Athletic Association Club this afternoon

2017 FLASHBACK -- Prince Charles and Camilla are given a demonstration of hurling at Kilkenny Castle in Ireland in May 2017

2017 FLASHBACK — Prince Charles and Camilla are given a demonstration of hurling at Kilkenny Castle in Ireland in May 2017

2017 FLASHBACK - Prince Charles holds a hurley - or hurling stick - while other look on at Kilkenny Castle in March 2017

2017 FLASHBACK – Prince Charles holds a hurley – or hurling stick – while other look on at Kilkenny Castle in March 2017

The band is part of the Livefeed project, which supports young people across Galway to put on musical events and ’empower them through music’.

Prince William reveals he’s only had ‘two sips’ of Guinness so far in Ireland because officials ‘keep taking them away’

William and Kate at Howth Cliff in Ireland yesterday afternoon

Prince William joked that he has only been allowed ‘two sips’ of Guinness so far in Ireland before officials take keep taking them away from him.

The Duke of Cambridge was speaking to locals yesterday while he and Kate spent quality time together outside Dublin and enjoyed a romantic clifftop walk in Howth. 

And they bumped into a group of locals, with William telling them they wanted to ‘come and get some fresh air’ during their trip which had been ‘really good’.

Kate said it was ‘such a great day to come and see the view’ before being asked if she was enjoying Ireland. She replied: ‘Yeah, we’re loving it, thank you.

‘We’ve got a few bits left – we’re going to Galway tomorrow.’ A local then replied: ‘Always fabulous, better pints of Guinness in Galway.’

And William said: ‘I know, I’ve been allowed two sips so far. Every time I have the third sip it gets taken away from me. Finish a pint by the time I…’

A resident replied: ‘It’s a bit of a tough gig.’ William responded: ‘Yeah, tough gig.’ The couple then walked off as a local told them: ‘Thanks for coming out.’

The Duke and Duchess were both handed a pint of the black stuff as they visited the world famous Guinness Storehouse in Dublin on Tuesday evening. 

They performed their original song, Light Sleeper, which Molly said was ‘about what keeps you up at night, from anxiety to family problems’.

‘Well done guys, that was amazing’ William said, adding to Molly ‘What a voice’. ‘You wrote that? You’re really good, awesome.’

The Duchess asked them: ‘Were you all friends before? When did you all start playing? It has been so interesting hearing all the storytelling over the last couple of days. I wish we could have brought George and Charlotte along, they would have loved it. And George is starting to learn the guitar.’

Next, the couple were introduced to a group of children who take part in the Basketball Ireland ‘Hoops Project’, which holds tournaments for children of all ages and playing abilities across Galway for the 3×3 ‘street version’ of the game.

The group included Irene Ciobann, 17 plays for the NUIG Mystics Team, Ava Murray, 17 for the Clare Galway team, Sean Lydon, 14 plays for Titans Basketball, Declan Gbinigie, 13 for West Regional Academy, Orla O’Brien, 13 for Clare Galway and Grace O’Brien, 21 for the Special Olympics.

Speaking to Mike Murray, the director of the programme, as the couple watched the group shoot some hoops, William asked: ‘Does it have a big following in Ireland?’ while Kate was keen to know ‘if as many girls as boys play? Basketball is more fun that netball, isn’t it, because you can run with the ball?

‘Did you play?’ she asked William, who said: ‘I played all the time at school, it helps being tall. It’s a great sport, and really keeps your accuracy up. So how did you all get into basketball?’

Gesturing at Mike Murray, Ava told him: ‘Well, he’s my dad,’ which made William laugh: ‘Aha! So you had no choice but to play! Excellent.’

Next, William and Kate watched a demonstration of tightrope walking on a balancing beam. ‘Oh my goodness, you’re showing off a bit there,’ he told the couple who were balancing on the tightrope. 

‘Want to have a go?’ he laughed, gesturing to Kate. ‘I don’t think I can because of these,’ she laughed, pointing at her boots. ‘How about you?’ William joked: ‘If I tried that, it would be a sack of someone on the floor. But I’ll give juggling a go.’

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge juggling during a special event at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge juggling during a special event at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway this morning

The Duchess of Cambridge applauds as her husband Prince William impresses with his juggling skills in Galway today

The Duchess of Cambridge applauds as her husband Prince William impresses with his juggling skills in Galway today 

Prince William concentrates while juggling during a special event at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway this morning

Prince William concentrates while juggling during a special event at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway this morning

The Duke of Cambridge is in Galway today to look ahead to the city hosting the European Capital of Culture in 2020

The Duke of Cambridge is in Galway today to look ahead to the city hosting the European Capital of Culture in 2020

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to the Galway Community Circus team in the west-coast Irish city today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to the Galway Community Circus team in the west-coast Irish city today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to an instructor from the Galway Community Circus in the city this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to an instructor from the Galway Community Circus in the city this morning

William and Kate laugh while the Duke tries his hand at juggling during an event at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway today

William and Kate laugh while the Duke tries his hand at juggling during an event at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway today

The Duke of Cambridge is less successful while trying to juggle with four balls in Galway this morning

The Duke of Cambridge is less successful while trying to juggle with four balls in Galway this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge laugh as William holds a set of juggling balls at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge laugh as William holds a set of juggling balls at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway today

The Duke of Cambridge concentrates while juggling during a special event at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway today

The Duke of Cambridge concentrates while juggling during a special event at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge laugh while he juggles during an event at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge laugh while he juggles during an event at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway today

William did not have so much luck when trying to juggle with four balls in Galway today, but put in a decent show with three

William did not have so much luck when trying to juggle with four balls in Galway today, but put in a decent show with three

Kate reacts as her husband Prince William attempts juggling as they attend a special event at Tribeton in Galway today

Kate reacts as her husband Prince William attempts juggling as they attend a special event at Tribeton in Galway today

Onlookers applauded and cheered as Prince William showed off his juggling skills with three balls in Galway this morning

Onlookers applauded and cheered as Prince William showed off his juggling skills with three balls in Galway this morning

Their Royal Highnesses met performers, young people and volunteers for the forthcoming Galway 2020 event this morning

Their Royal Highnesses met performers, young people and volunteers for the forthcoming Galway 2020 event this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the entertainment event at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the entertainment event at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway this morning

While chatting to the tightrope walkers after the demonstration, Kate told them: ‘Charlotte is really into gymnastics, she’s doing cartwheels, handstands, everything. It’s so good for their basic skills of balance and co-ordination.’ 

William added: ‘And their flexibility, it’s really good for their long-term health, isn’t it. We went to watch the Cirque du Soleil recently, it was amazing.’ 

William and Kate then watched two performers from the Galway Community Circus, juggler Tony Mahon, 31, from Dublin, and Isabela Mello, 26, from Brazil, now based in Galway, who was ‘handstanding’ for the couple.

The circus is part funded by the Irish government, local funding, charities, Arts Council and some European funding. It involves around 600 local people aged two to 75 across Galway, to take part in activities.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are entertained today Tig Coili, a family-owned, traditional Irish pub in Galway

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are entertained today Tig Coili, a family-owned, traditional Irish pub in Galway

The Cambridges met local Galwegians today at the Tig Coili pub who volunteer to promote the city and its people.

The Cambridges met local Galwegians today at the Tig Coili pub who volunteer to promote the city and its people.

William speaks to musicians while Kate says hello to a baby at the Tig Coili pub in Galway city centre this afternoon

William speaks to musicians while Kate says hello to a baby at the Tig Coili pub in Galway city centre this afternoon

The musicians at Tig Coili pub in Galway play under a sign today saying: 'Listening area - please respect the musicians'

The musicians at Tig Coili pub in Galway play under a sign today saying: ‘Listening area – please respect the musicians’

The Duke of Cambridge smiles as he listens to music played today at the traditional Irish pub of Tig Coili in Galway

The Duke of Cambridge smiles as he listens to music played today at the traditional Irish pub of Tig Coili in Galway

‘It’s great for their self-confidence, community engagement and mental wellbeing,’ said Mr Mahon. ‘Our oldest member is 75 who does the high wire.’

William turned to Kate laughing, as Miss Mello performed a series of handstands, and said: ‘Give it a go?’ Kate rolled her eyes, laughed and politely declined.

William, who said he had done ‘a bit of juggling’ then took three balls, and chatting to the reporters and cameras, joked: ‘I’ll try this in front of a load of you and flashing cameras, ha! Here goes.’

He then juggled perfectly for around 15 seconds, before deciding to ‘up the stakes’ with a fourth ball, at which point he managed around two juggles before the balls came tumbling down. ‘Ha! I think I’ll just stick with three,’ he said. 

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she meets local schoolchildren in Galway city centre this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she meets local schoolchildren in Galway city centre this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge waves before meeting local Galwegians after a visit to a traditional Irish pub in Galway today

The Duchess of Cambridge waves before meeting local Galwegians after a visit to a traditional Irish pub in Galway today

The Duchess of Cambridge meets local Galwegians today

The Duke of Cambridge meets people in Galway

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet local Galwegians after a visit to a traditional Irish pub in Galway city centre today

The Duchess of Cambridge waves as she greets people after leaving the Tig Coili pub in Galway this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge waves as she greets people after leaving the Tig Coili pub in Galway this afternoon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk outside a traditional Irish pub in Galway city centre this afternoon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk outside a traditional Irish pub in Galway city centre this afternoon

Britain's Prince William greets people in Galway city centre this afternoon after he leaves the Tig Coili pub this afternoon

Britain’s Prince William greets people in Galway city centre this afternoon after he leaves the Tig Coili pub this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge greets people in Galway city centre after leaving the traditional Tig Coili pub this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge greets people in Galway city centre after leaving the traditional Tig Coili pub this afternoon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet local Galwegians during a visit to a traditional Irish pub in Galway city centre today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet local Galwegians during a visit to a traditional Irish pub in Galway city centre today

Mr Mahon, who has been juggling for 14 years, said he was ‘very impressed’ with William’s skills. ‘He really exceeded my expectations. Even trying four balls – that’s next level stuff!

‘It’s not a huge deal for me having them here, but is nice for them to come and give us a bit of promotion. At the end of the day, William is just another guy, but he’s got some top notch juggling skills.’

Miss Mello said: ‘Having them here brings a bit of visibility to our projects. Even though they’re ‘royal’ people, it’s good to see them around people who do things in the communities.’

The event ended with a performance by a group of dancing drummers. After the performance, William joked: ‘Guys, I’m not sure that was loud enough. Seriously brilliant. It’s such an inspiring instrument.’

‘Want to try?’ asked one of the drummers. ‘No, I’m good!’ said William. ‘I’ve done my juggling!

William and Kate then made a short journey to King Street to visit a family-owned pub in the city centre, to meet local Galwegians who volunteer to promote the city and its people. 

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles and laughs during an event in Galway to look ahead to the city hosting the European Capital of Culture in 2020

Kate smiles while visiting Galway today

The Duchess smiles and laughs during an event in Galway to look ahead to the city hosting the European Capital of Culture

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch during a special event at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch during a special event at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway this morning

Prince William and Kate watch a performance during a meeting with Galway Community Circus performers in Galway today

Prince William and Kate watch a performance during a meeting with Galway Community Circus performers in Galway today

William and Kate are in Galway today ahead of the city hosting the European Capital of Culture in 2020

William and Kate speak at the event today

William and Kate are in Galway today ahead of the city hosting the European Capital of Culture in 2020

William and Kate laugh together

Kate speaks to William this afternoon

Kate speaks to William this afternoon as they attend the event in Galway today involving the Galway Community Circus 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge applaud during the special event at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge applaud during the special event at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway today

Kate and William smile together

Kate laughs while talking to William

Kate and William smile together during their trip to Galway today as part of their three-day tour of Ireland

William and Kate are in Galway today which will see over 1,900 events across more than 150 projects during 2020

William and Kate are in Galway today which will see over 1,900 events across more than 150 projects during 2020

The Duchess of Cambridge laughs during a special event at the Tribeton restaurant in Galwa

Kate is on the final day of her royal tour to Ireland with William

The Duchess of Cambridge laughs at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway today, during the final day of the couple’s Irish tour

William and Kate listen to a local Galway band during a meeting with performers, local artists and young musicians today

William and Kate listen to a local Galway band during a meeting with performers, local artists and young musicians today

Kate smiles during a meeting with Galway Community Circus performers, local artists and young musicians in Galway today

The Duchess smiles during the event in Galway today

Kate smiles during a meeting with Galway Community Circus performers, local artists and young musicians in Galway today

William and Kate listen to a local band during a meeting with performers, local artists and young musicians in Galway today

William and Kate listen to a local band during a meeting with performers, local artists and young musicians in Galway today

There, they will learn more about traditional sports which are popular across Ireland, including hurling and Gaelic football, and join children and young people from the club’s teams as they take part in matches on the pitch.

Last night, the Duke called on the UK and Ireland to work to maintain the bonds of friendship post-Brexit – and vowed the royal family will play its part.

William said relationships between people were ‘more essential’ than legal treaties and he was optimistic a ‘shared vision for a peaceful and prosperous future’ would ensure the ‘precious bond’ between the Irish and British is kept.

The duke’s comments came in a keynote speech in Dublin and were echoed earlier in the day by agriculture minister Michael Creed, who said Ireland’s mission was to have ‘a very close relationship with the UK’.

William and Kate spent the day yesterday cooking lunch for young people after taking them food shopping, enjoying a scenic clifftop walk outside Dublin and touring a research farm.

Speaking at the Museum of Literature Ireland, at an event hosted by the Tanaiste, or deputy prime minister, Simon Coveney, the duke said: ‘Of course, the changing relationship between the UK and the EU will require us to work together, to ensure that the relationship between Ireland and the UK remains just as strong.’ 

Local Galwegians await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this morning for a visit to Galway city centre

Local Galwegians await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this morning for a visit to Galway city centre

Local Galwegians await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a visit to a traditional Irish pub in Galway today

Local Galwegians await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a visit to a traditional Irish pub in Galway today

Local Galwegians outside St Patrick's Primary School in Galway today as they await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess

Local Galwegians outside St Patrick’s Primary School in Galway today as they await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess

People wave and cheer in Galway this morning as they await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

People wave and cheer in Galway this morning as they await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

People in Galway wait this morning for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a visit to a traditional Irish pub

People in Galway wait this morning for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a visit to a traditional Irish pub

Local Galwegians await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today

People wait for the arrival of Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, outside the Tig Coili pub in Galway

People wait for the arrival of Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge outside the Tig Coili pub in Galway today

Adults and children cheer and smile for the cameras as they wait for Prince William and Kate to arrive in Galway this morning

Adults and children cheer and smile for the cameras as they wait for Prince William and Kate to arrive in Galway this morning

Local Galwegians outside St Patrick's Primary School in Galway today as they await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess

Local Galwegians outside St Patrick’s Primary School in Galway today as they await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess

Pepole hold up flags and banners marking William and Kate's engagement ahead of their visit to Galway this morning

Pepole hold up flags and banners marking William and Kate’s engagement ahead of their visit to Galway this morning

Local Galwegians wave to the cameras as they await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this morning

Local Galwegians wave to the cameras as they await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this morning

People wait for the arrival of Prince William and his wife Kate outside the Tig Coili pub in Galway this morning

People wait for the arrival of Prince William and his wife Kate outside the Tig Coili pub in Galway this morning

A girl waves the flags of Britain and Ireland as she awaits the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Galway today

Local Galwegians hold up flags with pictures of William and Kate as they await the royal couple's arrival this morning

Local Galwegians hold up flags with pictures of William and Kate as they await the royal couple’s arrival this morning

Michelle Rogers, from County Laois, holds a picture of William's late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in Galway this morning

Michelle Rogers, from County Laois, holds a picture of William’s late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in Galway this morning

He went on to say: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, legal treaties are vital in underpinning the relationships between states.

‘But relationships between people are equally, if not more essential – especially between the people of our two countries, whose lives, histories and futures are so deeply intertwined.

Meghan Markle lands back in Britain today for the first time since Megxit crisis and will join Prince Harry at Endeavour Fund Awards tonight 

Harry and Meghan at Canada House in London on January 7

Harry and Meghan at Canada House in London on January 7

The Duchess of Sussex will tonight make her first official public appearance in Britain following the Megxit crisis as she prepares to step down as a senior royal.

Meghan will join her husband Prince Harry at the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House in London before they end their official duties on March 31.

The event celebrates the achievements of wounded, sick and injured servicemen and women who have taken part in sporting and adventure challenges.

This evening will mark Meghan and Harry’s first joint official royal engagement since revealing two months ago that they would step down from royal duties.

Harry waved to well-wishers outside Buckingham Palace yesterday as he was driven away in a Range Rover after a series of internal meetings with his team.

The Queen was holding one-to-one audiences in her London residence yesterday, although it was not clear whether Harry spoke to his 93-year-old grandmother.

It came after they had a ‘heart to heart’ for four hours in her private apartments at Windsor Castle on Sunday about his imminent departure from the Royal Family.

‘I am confident that friendship, understanding and a shared vision for a peaceful and prosperous future will ensure that the unique and precious bond between our people is not broken.

‘My family is determined to continue playing our part in protecting, preserving and strengthening that bond.’

The duke also urged the UK and Ireland not to be ‘bound’ by the wrongs of the past in his speech, which mirrored the Queen’s historic address to the Irish people.

William highlighted the importance of reconciliation, just as his grandmother did during her 2011 Ireland visit when she offered her sympathy to everyone who had suffered in centuries of conflict between the two nations.

The Queen helped put Anglo-Irish relations on a firmer footing by her Irish tour and the Prince of Wales has sought to strengthen those ties by making five successive trips to Ireland over the past five years.

After the Cambridges had visited the research farm in Co Meath, Mr Creed said: ‘We may have gone our separate ways in our previously shared membership of the European Union, but I think we can forge a new economic and political dispensation that is reflective of those broad family ties that have been there for many, many years.’

He added: ‘The UK will always be our closest neighbour, our closest trading partner and we are anxious to maintain that.’

Speaking about the Cambridges, he said: ‘They are very, very welcome here. They bring a symbolic message as well to the island of Ireland. It’s power, it’s a symbolism, this is an island we can share.’

During their visit to the Teagasc Research Farm, William and Kate told the principal of a local primary school they wanted to return to Ireland as a family.

Eileen O’Reilly, head of the Kiltale National School, said after the couple had met some of her pupils: ‘They said they would like to come back here with the kids and do a cycling tour and see the Irish countryside.’

As he toured the farm William, who enrolled on a 10-week agricultural course in 2014, also revealed he had been inspired by his father to lay hedgerows to improve the countryside. 

Prince William and Kate enjoyed a romantic clifftop walk in the Howth peninsula, east of central Dublin, yesterday afternoon

Prince William and Kate enjoyed a romantic clifftop walk in the Howth peninsula, east of central Dublin, yesterday afternoon

William and Kate during a visit to the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre at Grange in County Meath yesterday

William and Kate during a visit to the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre at Grange in County Meath yesterday

William and Kate prepare soup in the kitchen area during a visit to Extern at Savannah House in County Meath yesterday

William and Kate prepare soup in the kitchen area during a visit to Extern at Savannah House in County Meath yesterday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin yesterday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin yesterday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a special reception at the Guinness Storehouses Gravity Bar in Dublin on Tuesday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a special reception at the Guinness Storehouses Gravity Bar in Dublin on Tuesday

William and Kate attend a wreath laying ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance at Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin on Tuesday

William and Kate attend a wreath laying ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance at Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin on Tuesday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett in Dublin on Tuesday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett in Dublin on Tuesday

William and Kate speak with Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina on the first day of their visit on Tuesday

William and Kate speak with Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina on the first day of their visit on Tuesday

Later the Cambridges helped prepare the dish of the day for a group of youngsters – after popping to a shop to teach the children about budgeting.

William and Kate joined 13-year-olds Simon and Molly at Savannah House, a respite centre run by social justice charity Extern in Clane, County Kildare, and then visited a nearby village shop to buy ingredients for vegetable soup – with 20 euro (£17) to spend.

Their trip to the Londis store in Prosperous, County Kildare, was supposed to be a secret but word had got out and around 200 villagers had gathered to see them.

Store owner Philip Stynes admitted he had told a few customers about the impending visit and word soon spread.

‘It just snowballed from there,’ he said. ‘But even if we hadn’t told them, there would have been a big crowd. People live out on the streets here.’

William and Kate also enjoyed a romantic clifftop walk when they spent some quality time together outside Dublin.

Walking hand-in-hand and with the stunning coastline as a backdrop, they strolled along a path on the Howth peninsula under blue skies.

At the end of their ramble the couple were met by Ireland’s environment minister Richard Bruton, who said: ‘They remarked on how you couldn’t come to Ireland and not see the coastline, so they got their wish.

‘And they saw it in a benign light, normally there is a wind howling – it’s really beautiful today, they couldn’t be luckier.’ 

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