The Duchess wore a mix of British brands for Day Three of the Ireland Tour.
The Irish Sun reports today’s engagements, all in Galway, were “delayed after bad weather affected their flight arrangements according to an Irish Government spokesman.”
The day’s first stop was a special event at Tribeton, an urban restaurant and bar, to mark Galway 2020 as it hosts the European Capital of Culture on behalf of Ireland. As part of that designation, Galway will produce a twelve-month cultural program that highlights the richness and diversity of cultures in Galway and across Europe. Below, the couple is with Josepha Madigan, Ireland’s Cabinet Minister for Culture, Heritage & Gaeltacht. (Gaeltacht refers to regions that are primarily Irish-speaking.)
Roya Nikkhah of The Times tweeted a video of the couple being welcomed.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at @Tribeton where they’ll see a cultural showcase of acts taking part in this year’s Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture events #RoyalVisitIreland The Duchess is wearing a dress by Suzannah pic.twitter.com/XBVhssKYb1
— Roya Nikkhah (@RoyaNikkhah) March 5, 2020
More about Galway 2020 from The Evening Standard:
It will include more than 1,900 events and over 150 projects with local, national, European and international artists. The event will celebrate every aspect of Irish culture, including music, theatre, literature, visual arts, dance, film, architecture and food.
The royals saw displays showcasing the important role of art & culture in promoting community spirit.
The activities were also designed to underscore how vital participation and social inclusion is, especially for young people in Galway. Below, listening to the band NØÖV.
Kate and William spoke with athletes from Hoops, a youth basketball project. The Evening Standard reports Hoops “holds tournaments for children of all ages and playing abilities across Galway for the 3×3 “street version” of the game.”
And watched acrobats. More from The Evening Standard:
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.
One of the performances was by a team of jugglers from the Galway Community Circus, and William decided to join in the fun. Back to The Evening Standard’s coverage:
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.”
More from this People article:
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!
Roya Nikkhan of The Times reports that after watching the circus performers Kate remarked that “Charlotte is really into gymnastics, she’s doing cartwheels, handstands, everything.” Roya says the Duchess also spoke about Prince George learning to play the guitar.
The Duke and Duchess’s next stop was Tig Cóilí, a family-owned pub located in central Galway.
A traditional three-piece Irish band welcomed them.
Channel 5’s Simon Vigar tweeted a video of the couple enjoying the music.
— Simon Vigar (@simonvigar5) March 5, 2020
As ever, the Duchess seemed to enjoy time with a little one.
Simon Perry reports the couple was gifted with “a $200 bottle of 2019 Midleton Very Rare whiskey, plus a pair of Tig Colli crystal glasses inscribed with their names and the date of the visit.”
After their visit to the pub, it was time for a walkabout.
The picture above kind of looks like walkabout strategizing, “Okay, I’m going in this direction, do you want to take that direction?”
You can see the crowds were sizable.
There were a lot of people on hand eager to meet the royals. People magazine’s Simon Perry tweeted a video.
— Simon Perry (@SPerryPeoplemag) March 5, 2020
A smile from Kate.
A lovely anecdote from the walkabout comes via Victoria Murphy’s Town and Country story:
Angela Moran from Westport, County Mayo, was holding a commemorative banner from the 2011 royal wedding when she spoke to William. “He asked about the flag,” she told T&C afterwards. “I said to him that I really admired him and Catherine and he said thank you very much. I said I love her and he said ‘I do too, nice of you to say so.’”
About meeting the couple, she said: “It was amazing. It’s something you’d think will never happen. We came and stayed here overnight so that we’d be in a good position to see them today. We’ve had a long stand but it was worth every second.”
Latin Quarter Galway (what a great name!) Instagrammed a video of Kate chatting with some of the children.
These students were really cute.
As is the little lamb stuffed animal.
Another view of the walkabout, this one via journalist Zara King.
The #DuchessOfCambridge #KateMiddleton has told crowds in #Galway that she would love to return to Ireland “with the children next time” she says “the music and the vibe here is such fun” @VirginMediaNews #RoyalVisitIreland 🎥 pic.twitter.com/2VRxMBpqiZ
— Zara King (@ZaraKing) March 5, 2020
Kate was heard saying she would love to return to Ireland, bringing the children along.
The couple then changed into casual styles for some sports events at Salthill Knocknacarra GAA Club.
Richard Palmer posted a video of Kate and William heading to practice.
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) March 5, 2020
More specifically, the duo was at the Gaelic Athletic Association facility to watch traditional Gaelic football and hurling.
Then they had a go at handling the hurl – or hurley, depending on which part of Ireland you are in.
William asked the youngsters: “Can you show us how to do the drills? Are you guys really good? I’ve never done this before. I’ve played hockey, but I’ve never done this before.
They also tried their hand at the sports.
They both looked like they were having a terrific time.
The Mirror reports “They had a go at a number of the skills involved in the sport, with the Duchess gasping as she whacked a hurling ball into the sky.”
A lovely shot with some of the children taking part in today’s event.
One final video from Kensington Palace.
— Irish Foreign Ministry (@dfatirl) March 5, 2020
If curious about the meaning of ‘buladh bos,’ I looked it up and it translates to “banging the palms of the hands,” or applause.
Now for our look at what Kate wore for Day Three of the Ireland tour, starting with her dress by Suzannah London.
It most closely resembles the label’s Valerie Midi Dress (£1250 / $1609).
The dress is 100% silk crepe de chine with a silk habotai lining. It is described as “A vintage 1940s dress inspired design” with detailing at the shoulders bodice and cuffs. It 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 wonderful soft and flattering structure.” Below, you can see some of the detailing on Kate’s cuffs, the belt she is wearing and the pleats at a shoulder seam.
UPDATE Mar 7: The dress is now available for pre-ordering on the Suzannah site ($1634) with a lead time of eight weeks noted on the product page. Many thanks to Meg for her comment linking to the piece.
Kate’s belt looks like it is by Sézane, the Artemis style ($90), with thanks to the UFO No More crew for the ID!
Atop the dress, Kate wore her Alexander McQueen coat.
We first saw the Duchess wearing the garment at a January away day in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
The leather bag has a croc-embossed design, an interior zip pocket, credit card slots, and the logo-embellished flap cover. It measures roughly 8″ x 5″ and comes with a detachable strap so it can be carried as a crossbody or shoulder bag. The bag is available at Harrod’s ($581). Many thanks to Middleton Maven for this ID.
Kate brought back the Ralph Lauren Collection suede boots we have seen previously.
Here is a look at the Duchess in her casual ensemble when she changed into the Zara skinny jeans we’ve seen previously on the trip and a familiar sweater from Really Wild.
The sweater is the brand’s Cashmere Mix Cable Crew ($242 / £225) in what I believe is the ‘coral’ colorway.
The piece is a cashmere/merino wool blend in a chunky cable knit, created in Scotland by makers who run a zero-yarn waste production. It looks familiar because Kate wore the style in red during the Canada Tour in September 2016.
We saw the return of the New Balance Vazee Transform trainers that Sweaty Betty carried.
Kate brought back the Daniella Draper Mini Cupid Hoops with Baby Shamrock Charms (£120, roughly $155 at today’s exchange rates) earrings seen yesterday, pairing them with the Silver Baby Shamrock Necklace (£75, about $100 at today’s exchange rates).
There has been discussion about whether the Duchess is wearing the silver or gold earrings and necklace. Yesterday I was 100% convinced the earrings were the sterling silver version. In looking at today’s photo of the necklace, you can see more than a hint of gold coloring. I will look at more photos and also reach out to the folks at Daniella Draper.
The Royal Family Channel’s video on the Galway 2020 event runs about 3:20.
The RFC pub visit piece is roughly 2:20.
Here is a 5 News piece on all the Galways events.
5 News also has nearly 15 minutes of video covering just the sporting engagement.
And a 5 News voiced package on the entire day runs a bit more than 2 minutes.
The Telegraph’s piece on the day’s activities is less than two minutes.
Ireland’s RTÉ News has a 1:40 package on the day’s activities.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have concluded their three day visit with a trip to the West of Ireland. During their time in Galway, William and Kate got a flavour of traditional music in a local pub and also learned some GAA skills | https://t.co/V8evth88PE pic.twitter.com/zLirKm8C7W
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 5, 2020
- The official Kensington Palace account of the tour is here
- The Evening Standard’s story on the Galway 2020 event is here; a Daily Mirror story on the full day is here; The Belfast Telegraph’s story and gallery may be seen here; The Evening Standard’s piece on the sports engagements is here
- Victoria Murphy’s Town and Country piece is here; Simon Perry’s People article is here; the Fug Girls post is here