Duke and Duchess of Sussex land in Dublin with 11-strong entourage

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex landed in Dublin this evening ahead of their two-day tour [Photo: PA]

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have landed in Dublin for their first overseas tour as newlyweds at the request of the government.

Due to their jam-packed schedule this week, the royal couple flew in fresh from the RAF’s centenary celebrations in London this afternoon via private jet.

According to reports, Harry and Meghan touched down with an 11-strong entourage – which includes the former actress’ hairstylist and personal assistant – accompanying them.

The Duchess of Sussex dressed diplomatically for her Emerald Isle arrival in a £1,105 forest green skirt by go-to label of the moment, Givenchy.

Though it’s not the first time the former actress has flown the sartorial flag while performing her royal duties, as she donned a £1,995 Burberry tartan coat for her debut trip to Edinburgh on 13 February.

The Duchess of Sussex opted for a forest green skirt by Givenchy for the trip and accessorised the look with a Strathberry tote bag [Photo: PA]

The 36-year-old’s decision to wear the French fashion house will come as no surprise for fashion followers, as she has donned the label on three previous engagements in total – including her wedding day. But what is bound to please royal fans, is the highly-anticipated return of her £475 Strathberry mini tote.

In recent months, the newly married royal has swapped her penchant for handbags in exchange for Duchess of Cambridge-esque clutches in keeping with the regal rulebook. Cue the shopping stampede.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted by Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings on the first day of their Dublin trip [Photo: Getty]

In true duchess-worthy fashion, Meghan finished the royal get-up by ditching her now-famous tendrils in favour of a polished side bun.

This evening, Harry and Meghan will officially kick-start their two-day trip in the Irish capital at a summer garden party.

The regal event will be held at Glencairn – the official residence of Britain’s Ambassador to Ireland, Robin Barnett – where the couple will meet people from across Ireland’s sports, military and social enterprise sectors.

Despite the couple’s whistle-stop visit, they have a series of engagements lined up over the next 48 hours. Tomorrow, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to visit a Gaelic sports festival at Croke Park before taking a tour of the famous Trinity College.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed the visitor book at Government Buildings alongside Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar [Photo: PA]

The royal couple will also pay their respects at the Famine Memorial ahead of a trip to the Irish Emigration Museum.

Before heading back to London, Harry and Meghan will learn more about the future of Dublin with a visit to DogPatch Labs, a co-working space for tech start-ups.

According to Kensington Palace, “They are looking forward to learning more about Ireland’s history and experiencing its rich culture, as well as meeting the people who are shaping the country’s future.”

 

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