On the third day of the Ireland visit, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed towards the West coast of Ireland. The couple visited Galway – the European Capital of Culture 2020. Yesterday evening, the couple attended a reception hosted by the Deputy head of the Irish Government after a busy day. Kensington Place described this part of the visit as the couple will “have the opportunity to experience a taste of modern and traditional Irish culture for themselves.”
The third day was started an hour late due to the fog and they were travelling by helicopter. A Government spokesman said: “Fog in Dublin delayed their departure.” But luckily nothing had to be cancelled. The first stop of the day was a special event at Tribeton featuring a number of Galway 2020’s acts, including Livefeed, Hoops and the Galway Community Circus.
2020 will see Galway host the European Capital of Culture on behalf of Ireland – a showcase of events highlighting the richness and diversity of Irish culture, and the country’s proud history of artistic endeavour. The programme celebrates every aspect of culture from music, theatre, literature, visual arts, dance, film, architecture, heritage, sport, food.
Galway 2020 invited the Royal couple to a special showcase of some of the organisations and events which form part of the year-long cultural programme. The programme which will unfold throughout the year comprises over 1,900 events across over 150 projects with local, national, European and International artists and cultural organisations. William and Catherine met with the organization including Sea Tamagotchi, Livefeed, Hoops, Galway Community Circus and Galway 2020 Community Cast.
William and Catherine have gifted an early copy of the Galway2020 commissioned ‘To the Island’, written by Galway’s Patricia Forde and illustrated by Nicola Bernadelli.
During the visit, William and Catherine met performers, young people and volunteers. Galway 2020 CEO, Patricia Philbin said, “Galway 2020 is honoured to have the opportunity to showcase to Their Royal Highnesses, just some of the amazing projects and organisations delivering our ambitious programme across the year. As European Capital of Culture, we are extremely proud of our programme, built on the themes of language, landscape and migration which celebrates and incorporates all aspects of Irish and European culture.”
Next, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited 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.
William and Catherine were presented with a rare bottle of 2019 Midleton Whiskey and a pair of glasses from the pub with their names and the date inscribed on them.
The Mother of three kids, The Duchess of Cambridge made a beeline to the toddler in the room.
William tried his hand at juggling while visiting the Tig Coili.
He did good with three balls but faltered with four. Duchess was looking proudly at her husband. From People’s report,
The 37-year-old royal began juggling like a professional, as Kate, 38, clapped and cheered him on along with the rest of the impressed crowd. However, things went less smoothly when Prince William tried to incorporate a fourth ball into his routine. He threw two balls into the air, but when it came time to free his hands of the other balls, they went flying in different directions — including one ball straight at his wife.On departure, William and Catherine had the opportunity to meet members of the public gathered on King Street. A huge crowd was gathered outside and the royal couple was welcomed with loud cheering and lots of love.
On the departure, William and Catherine stepped out to receive the public.
— John Cooke (@johncookeradio) March 5, 2020
The Walkabout has some really interesting and very lovely moments.
In the beginning, William asked Catherine took one side while he met people standing on the other side.
Aww go on, you will, you will, you will.. Kate thought she didn’t have time but found it for those shouting out to her. pic.twitter.com/qQl85P2Tq4
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) March 5, 2020
Public members on one side were cheering for Catherine to come and meet them. Duchess was a bit confused about whether she had enough time or not but then decided to go and say hello. Duchess told the crowd that she would love to be back in Ireland with her kids.
— Extra.ie (@ExtraIRL) March 5, 2020
That made William standing with a known smirk on his face while waiting for his wife to join him for the next phase. The walkabout last 20 mins. From People’s report,
As Kate and husband Prince William made the rounds meeting fans in Galway on Thursday, the Duke of Cambridge was greeted by a woman who held up a commemorative banner from his wedding to Kate in 2011.
“I said to him that I really admired him and Catherine and he said thank you very much,” Angela Moran, from Wesport, County Mayo, tells PEOPLE. “I said I love her and he said ‘I do too, nice of you to say so.’ ”
The kids and many members of the crowd had been waiting across the street from the Tig Coili pub in central Galway since early that morning.
“It’s lovely to get the fairytale to come to our little city. Ireland needs the prince and princess,” says Bernie Ffrench, who was there with her daughter Misha Ffrench-Malloy, 16, and met both royals. “They were true friends that are married, and they are bringing a bright light to the relationship to Ireland and Britain.”
“And they’re bringing a bit of magic to our lives. They seem humble and approachable,” she adds.
Princess Kate also chatted to Freya Rose, who was born on the same day as Princess Charlotte. Freya’s mom Aoife Byrne says, “She asked her what her age was and also wished her happy birthday for May.”
A video of the day.
For the first part of the day, The Duchess of Cambridge chose to go back to green. Upon arrival, she was wearing her Alexander McQueen Military Style Olive Green coat that we saw during a visit to Bradford in January 2020.
The ready to wear piece is described as, “Beautiful vintage-inspired silk printed midi dress is inspired by a 1940s vintage dress. The bodice has a perfect fit that skims over the body. The waist has a slightly higher pitched waist seam, with the skirt being a soft a-line. The sleeves have a wonderful pleated sleeve head and playfully cut long sleeves. A romantic dress with a wonderfully soft and flattering structure. The dress has a centre back zip for step-in ease.” This £1,250 dress can be made in bespoke prints to order with a lead time of 8 weeks.
Catherine topped the dress with Sezane Artemis Belt. Thanks to @Sandduneandpinetrees and Middleton Maven for sharing the id. The €70 belt has a split leather front and Gold textured buckle details.
During the day, the Duchess of Cambridge was carrying Jimmy Choo Croc-Embossed Leather Palace Bag. Thanks to Middleton Maven for the quick id. The $581 Dark Clorofilla bag is described as, “Offering a harmonious balance of versatility and sophistication, opt for Jimmy Choo’s Palace bag. Lending itself perfectly to chic day dresses and evening attire, the croc-embossed design is Italian-crafted and is complete with an attached chain strap. Finished with the brand’s interlocking monogram, it bestows a signature sign-off to this elegant accessory.” It is available on Harrods.
But upon arrival, we saw her trusty Smythson Black Panama East-West Zip Tote.
The Duchess of Cambridge chose her Ralph Lauren Collection Black Suede High Heel Boot.
and a new matching Daniella Draper Gold Baby Shamrock Necklace finished the look. The £250 necklace is a 9ct Gold Necklace with a Baby Shamrock charm which provides the luck of the Irish. The Shamrock leaves stand for faith, hope and love, making this piece a perfect lucky addition to your collection.
Next, William and Catherine will visit GAA before saying goodbye to Ireland.