Prince William and Kate Middleton are dusting off their suitcases and heading out on a royal tour yet again.
Today, Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to travel to Ireland on official business come March.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Ireland between Tuesday, 3rd March and Thursday, 5th March,” a post on the Kensington Palace Instagram page read. “The visit is at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Further details will be advised in due course. #RoyalVisitIreland.” Those royals love a good hashtag.
In response to the announcement, the British Embassy in Dublin tweeted a warm welcome: “We look forward to welcoming The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Ireland next month.”
Prince William, 37, and his 38-year-old wife have visited Northern Ireland twice in recent years, but this will be their first trip to Ireland. They’re not the first modern royals to do so, however. Queen Elizabeth traveled to Cork in 2011, where she became the first British royal to visit Ireland in 100 years, and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry famously embarked on their first royal tour to Dublin following their 2018 wedding.
The Ireland tour isn’t the only travel Prince William and Middleton have coming up. The parents of three are also expected to visit Australia at some point in the coming months to survey the devastating damage that the rampant brush fires have left. At the advent of the crisis, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke out on Instagram, saying they were “shocked and deeply saddened” and sent their “deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who have tragically lost their lives, and the brave firefighters who continue to risk their own lives to save the lives of others.” An official invitation from Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison is considered forthcoming.
Meanwhile, we’ll be over here just dreaming of all the emerald green Alexander McQueen looks K-Middy might wear during her working vacay in Ireland.