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Here’s what (and where) Prince William and Kate Middleton will visit today


by Grace McGettigan
04th Mar 2020
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Are you glued to the ongoing royal visit of Prince William and Kate Middleton to Ireland? Here’s their plan-of-action for day two of their trip


After meeting with the President of Ireland and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Tuesday, Prince William and Kate Middleton will spend Wednesday meeting the community.

Children’s mental health and social issues

The pair, who landed in Dublin on a private Aer Lingus flight at approximately 1 pm, will kick off their second day in Ireland with a visit to Jigsaw. This leading charity for young people’s mental health is committed to developing supportive communities, particularly by providing a range of primary care services across the Republic of Ireland.

As Kate Middleton has always been vocal about supporting young people’s mental health, we’re sure this visit will be one of significant interest to her. The Duchess of Cambridge penned an open letter at the beginning of Children’s Mental Health Week in February, in which she said it’s an incredibly brave thing to ask for help.

“For many children today, the world can feel a scary and daunting place,” she wrote. “While we might not always feel brave inside, even the smallest act — such as sharing a worry or asking for help — can be incredibly courageous. Helping children to feel confident about seeking support can have a transformational impact on their lives.”

Later, the royal couple will visit Extern, a leading social justice charity that enables individuals, young people and families to overcome their challenges to achieve positive change. Extern employs more than 600 compassionate and innovative people – and it will be some of these who Prince William and Kate will meet in Dublin today.

Learning about Ireland and the environment 

After that, they’ll be taken to the Marine Institute in Howth – a global leader in ocean knowledge that empowers Irish people to safeguard and harness our ocean wealth. This will be of particular interest of Prince William, who earlier this year, launched the ‘Earthshot prize’.  This prize (which was praised by David Attenborough) will be awarded to five people every year over the next decade. Its aim is to provide at least 50 answers to some of the greatest problems facing the planet by 2030.

This theme of environmental issues will continue with a visit to Teagasc in Co Meath. Teagasc, which is the Agriculture and Food Development Authority in Ireland, provides integrated research advisory and education services to the agriculture and food industry, as well as to rural communities. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will learn all about environmentally sustainable farming, as well as beef nutrition and animal welfare.

Winding down for the evening

After a long day of meeting with communities across Dublin, Meath and Kildare, the couple will wind down with an event in MoLI (the Museum of Literature Ireland). MoLI features dynamic, immersive exhibitions that tell the story of Ireland’s literary heritage, from our earliest storytelling traditions to our celebrated contemporary writers.

This will be their last event of the evening, after which they will need a long rest ahead of a trip to Galway on Thursday.

Photo: Julien Behal Photography


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