09 March 2020

Royal Tour Jewels: William and Kate in Ireland

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I'm back from my honeymoon -- thanks to everyone for holding down the fort in my absence! Time to catch up on some of the current events of last week, starting with the Cambridges' tour of Ireland.




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The Duke and Duchess kicked off their first official visit to Ireland on Tuesday with a stop at the nation's presidential residence, Aras an Uachtarain, in Dublin. There, they were greeted by President Michael D. Higgins and his wife, Sabina Coyne. The welcome continued with an audience with the country's prime minister, Teoiseach Leo Varadkar, and his partner, Matthew Barrett. The Cambridges also laid a ceremonial wreath at the Garden of Remembrance, a memorial in Dublin dedicated to those who gave their lives for Irish independence.


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For these initial engagements, Kate wore a pair of new earrings. The diamond floral studs are the Daisy Heritage style from Asprey.


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On Tuesday evening, the couple attended a reception at the famous Guinness Storehouse, hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland, Robin Barnett.


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With her dazzling green gown, Kate wore a pair of golden statement earrings from H&M. This was the second outing for the earrings; Kate previously wore them in November 2018 for a Royal Foundation dinner in London.


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On Wednesday, William and Kate's engagements included a stop at Jigsaw, the National Center for Youth Mental Health in Dublin. The Cambridges' charitable platform includes a major focus on mental health support, especially for young people. They also made a visit to Savannah House, a shelter run by Extern, a social justice organization.


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During the visits, Kate wore another new pair of earrings with an appropriate design for a visit to Ireland. They feature open hoops with a shamrock charm. Our friends over at What Kate Wore have identified these as the Mini Cupid Hoops with Baby Shamrock Charms by Daniella Draper. They believe the earrings are sterling silver, but they look a bit more golden in tone to me.


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Wednesday's engagements also included a stop at the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Center in Grange, as well as a walk along Howth Cliff.


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Kate wore the same shamrock earrings for the outdoor engagements.


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Here's one more view from the couple's stop in Howth. This angle gives you a clearer view of the curved "cupid's arrow" design of the hoops.


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Wednesday evening's reception, hosted by Ireland's deputy prime minister, Simon Coveney, was held at Ireland's Museum of Literature on St. Stephen's Green.


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During the reception, Kate wore a pair of gold-toned earrings featuring an open circle stud and a larger twisted gold hoop.


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For the final day of the trip, the Cambridges headed to Galway, where they spent their Thursday taking in a variety of cultural activities. During a meeting with Galway Community Circus performers, local artists and young musicians, William even got to show off his juggling skills.


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The neckline of Kate's dress gave us a good view of her necklace. This simple shamrock pendant necklace, also by Daniella Draper, coordinates with the earrings Kate debuted during the tour.


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It wouldn't be a Cambridge royal visit without a sports demonstration, would it? William and Kate stopped by the Salthill Knocknacarra GAA Club to try their hand at Gaelic football and hurling.


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Kate again reached for the Daniella Draper shamrock earrings for this sporty engagement.


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And that's a wrap on the royal jewelry from this official visit! What did you think of Kate's choices for her first official trip to Ireland? (And do you think we'll see those shamrock earrings again next week on St. Patrick's Day?)