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US News William and Kate to make first official visit to Ireland

21:35  24 february  2020
21:35  24 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge standing in front of water: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to visit Ireland from March 3-5 (Steve Parsons/PA) © Steve Parsons The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to visit Ireland from March 3-5 (Steve Parsons/PA)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to be “looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the Irish people” during their first official visit to Ireland, Kensington Palace has announced.

During the three-day visit, William and Kate will meet President Michael D Higgins and spend time in Dublin and the counties of Meath, Kildare and Galway.

The visit, from March 3-5, will highlight the strong links between the UK and Ireland, and the couple’s programme will take in Ireland’s rich culture, community initiatives and spectacular scenery, the palace said in a statement.

LOUGHBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 11: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. Known as ‘DMRC Stanford Hall’, the centre is operated by the MOD and began admitting patients in October 2018. They deliver in-patient and residential rehabilitation to serving members of the Armed Forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) © Getty LOUGHBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 11: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. Known as ‘DMRC Stanford Hall’, the centre is operated by the MOD and began admitting patients in October 2018. They deliver in-patient and residential rehabilitation to serving members of the Armed Forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

It added: “Following Her Majesty the Queen’s historic visit in 2011, the visit will also focus on the relationship between the two countries, and build on the theme of remembrance and reconciliation.”

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