Kate Middleton smiles as Irish First Lady makes subtle nod to royal drama

Kate Middleton calmly smiled after Ireland's First lady made a subtle nod to the ongoing royal family dramas.

As the Duke and Duchess met with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, they were all smiles as Kate stunned in a green vampire's bride dress.

While shaking hands, Sabina told Kate: "Delighted to welcome you. You've had lots of exciting things happening in your family."

But the comment clearly didn't worry Kate too much, who beamed for cameras alongside their hosts before later going on to enjoy a pint of Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse.

The royal family has been embroiled in a number of scandals recently, including Prince Andrew's friendship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

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Kate and William's visit also comes ahead of Meghan and Harry's final official engagement as they prepare to step down as senior royals.

The three-day trip to Ireland also marks the first official visit carried out by any member of the Royal Family since Brexit.

Kate emulated the Queen and Duchess of Sussex by wearing green, in a symbolic gesture to the country.

The Duchess wore the Alessandra Rich dress, paired with a green Catherine Walker coat, and matching green clutch bag.

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She also wore a pair of diamond and white gold Daisy Heritage earrings by Asprey which retail at £17,300.

After being met by the President and First Lady, Kate and William attended a special reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland at the Guinness Storehouses Gravity Bar.

Kate again opted for a green dress paired with gold accessories.

It seems female royals opting for green on visits to Ireland has become something of a tradition.

Meghan opted for emerald green for her arrival in Dublin in 2018, as she and the Duke of Sussex carried out their first overseas tour as a married couple.

The American former actress, who is now quitting as a senior royal, wore a fitted block-colour Givenchy dress for the occasion.

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The Duchess of Cornwall chose a turquoise jacket and skirt when she carried out her first official visit to Ireland in 2015.

William and Kate flew on onboard a commercial Aer Lingus flight from the UK.

They had afternoon tea with the Irish president Michael Higgins and his wife at the Áras an Uachtaráin.

After the engagement at the Aras, a spokesman for Mr Higgins confirmed that Brexit was among the topics discussed.

"The couples discussed the close ties between the people of Ireland and Britain and the importance of continuing and deepening close relations between all of the peoples of these Islands," he said.

"President Higgins, Sabina and Their Royal Highnesses spoke of the challenges ahead, including the implications of the UK's departure from the European Union and the importance of continuing to build on the foundations of the Good Friday Agreement.

"They also discussed the global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss and the urgent need to revisit the fundamentals of how we organise our economies and societies if we are to tackle these existential threats in a meaningful way.

William and Kate rang the peace bell at the presidential palace watched by one of the president's dogs Brod; his other pooch Sioda is said to have been absent due to a sore paw.

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