Kate goes green for trip to Dublin

- Kate keeps to royal fashion tradition with emerald arrival

Irish eyes were smiling when the Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Dublin in a green outfit that paid tribute to the Emerald Isle.

William and Kate were said to be looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the Irish people during their first official visit to the country.

The couple flew to Dublin Airport on a commercial Aer Lingus flight with dozens of residents returning home, business travellers and tourists.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne at Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, during their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive to meet with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne at Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, during their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge meets with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins at Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, during her three day visit to the Republic of Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne at Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, during their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland.
People waiting the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their visit to the Garden of Remembrance, Uachtarain, Dublin, s part of their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland.
People looking out of a window waiting the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their visit to the Garden of Remembrance, Uachtarain, Dublin, s part of their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne at Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, during their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland.
People looking out of a window waiting the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their visit to the Garden of Remembrance, Uachtarain, Dublin, s part of their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland.
The Duke of Cambridge sings a visitors book next to his wife as they meet with Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina, at the official presidential residence Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are greeted by representatives from the Irish government and the British Ambassador as they arrive at Dublin International Airport ahead of their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are greeted by representatives from the Irish government and the British Ambassador as they arrive at Dublin International Airport ahead of their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne at Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, during their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne at Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, during their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge walks down the steps of the plane as she arrives at Dublin International Airport ahead of a three day visit to the Republic of Ireland.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 03: President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne watch as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge ring a bell during a meeting at Áras an Uachtaráin 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. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 03: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen during a meeting with the President of Ireland at Áras an Uachtaráin 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. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 03: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, meet with Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne as they stand next to President's dog at the official presidential residence Aras an Uachtarain on March 3, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Phil Noble - Pool/Getty Images)
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In brilliant winter sunshine they walked down the aircraft's steps and were greeted by a small group of dignitaries led by Britain's ambassador to Ireland, Robin Barnett.

The duchess looked stylish in an emerald green Catherine Walker coat and an Alessandra Rich dress, while the duke wore a suit.

Nearby was a large police presence and a motorcade waiting to take the couple to the city centre.

William and Kate are expected to sample a pint of Guinness later when they meet leading figures from Irish life.

At the Gravity Bar in the Guinness Storehouse – a major visitor attraction in the Irish capital telling the story of the famous drink – the couple are due to meet a range of people from the creative arts, sport, business and charity sectors.

During the first day of their tour the Cambridges will also lay a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance.

The quiet open space is dedicated to those who rose up against British rule in 1916 and gave their lives for Irish independence.

The Queen at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin
The Queen at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin (Maxwells/PA)

When the Queen made her historic visit to Ireland in 2011 – the first by a British monarch since the nation gained independence from Britain – she bowed her head during a visit to the garden as a mark of respect for those who died, a hugely symbolic moment.

The duke and duchess will also meet Ireland's President Michael D Higgins and the Taoiseach, or prime minister, Leo Varadkar.

During their three-day visit William and Kate will also visit the counties of Meath, Kildare and Galway.

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