The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrapped their mini-tour of Northern Ireland with a day of engagements in Ballymena that saw them meeting with police and visiting two organizations supporting children.
Surprise! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have embarked on their own mini-tour this month – to Ireland (where they are actually known as the Baron and Baroness of Carrickfergus). Between Wednesday and Thursday, the two are visiting Belfast, Fermanagh and Ballymena to “celebrate the young people of Northern Ireland,” per Kensington Palace. Wonderful – and as you may recall from 2017, the two also took on a short trip in the winter that was followed by a longer tour that summer, so it’s good to see Kate is officially back on the international bandwagon following Prince Louis’s birth last year.
After a short meeting with President Higgins, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex pivoted to an afternoon that made up the meat of their Dublin tour and included not a few walkabouts during which they met members of the public. Meghan also made a costume change, switching from her Roland Mouret dress to a black Givenchy suit.
Day Two of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s mini-tour of Dublin began with a visit to Áras an Uachtaráin, the home of Ireland’s President Michael Higgins. They were greeted at the door by Secretary General Art O’Leary, who escorted them inside and through the State Reception Rooms featuring busts of all past Irish presidents.
ICYMI, but a few days after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Windsor wedding in May, designer Emilia Wickstead reportedly told a news outlet that the bride’s Givenchy dress looked like one of her own designs and was poorly fit, while her hair was too messy. People lost their minds, boycotts of the brand from other royal women were called for and Wickstead, finally, issued an apology that didn’t exactly deny that she’d said that, so much as confirm she thought Meghan looked beautiful and that the design hadn’t been stolen.
Wickstead has been favorite of the Windsor women for years, but particularly with the Duchess of Cambridge and Countess of Wessex. Since the incident, Kate has steered clear…but she’s also been on maternity leave. Sophie, on the other hand, has repeatedly worn it and been criticized. But today, my friends, we finally have our verdict – whatever that was, it’s no longer: Meghan wore Wickstead.
Following today’s earlier RAF centenary ceremony, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex left for Dublin where they are carrying out a two-day visit today and tomorrow. This is the couple’s first trip abroad as a married couple and is being viewed as a precursor from their extensive tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in the autumn.
Such a surprise, in fact, that it caught me on a workday when I couldn’t dash off a quick post before, during or after this unannounced trip until now. So, here we are, I’ve pushed the historical post I had planned for today until tomorrow and now we can focus on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s visit to Belfast.