Journal entry 20

Journal entry 20

Fairytale in Dublin

Discover the amazing locations around Dublin Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, chose to visit on the visit to Ireland.

Fairytale castles, gorgeous gardens and colourful towns – the island of Ireland has long been a popular romantic destination for royals around the globe. And in July 2018, we welcomed Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, to our fair city of Dublin.

Fast Facts

1861: Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited the island. In their eight day tip, they travelled from coast to coast. They arrived in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, before travelling to the Curragh, County Kildare, for a military review in which their son took part. Killarney, County Kerry, was next, with Muckross House their residence while they were taken to local beauty spots, including Ross Castle, Muckross Abbey and a place that is known as Ladies View.

1961: Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco visited the island. They visited various spots in Dublin city, including Dublin zoo, Croke Park and Dublin Castle, before heading west to County Mayo, where Princess Grace met her relatives in Westport, climbed Croagh Patrick, and visited Drimurla, where her grandfather was born. 1968: King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola of Belgium visited Dublin City’s Trinity College, University College Dublin, and the National Museum. They also attended a party at the Abbey Theatre, and King Baudouin tried his hand at hurling at Áras an Uachtaráin – the Irish President’s residence in the Phoenix Park.

1978: Denmark's Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik visited Dublin and Wicklow. They each planted a tree in the Phoenix Park, laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance, and visited the beautiful grounds of Powerscourt House and Gardens in County Wicklow. 1978: The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander and his family visited the Ring of Kerry. They flew into Cork and from there travelled on holiday to Sneem in County Kerry.

2006: Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja came on a three day visit to Ireland. They began in Dublin, where they visited Dublin Castle, Áras an Uachtaráin in Phoenix Park, and Trinity College Dublin. Following this, they travelled to County Cork, where they visited the beautiful town of Cobh – known as the last port of call for the tragic liner, Titanic – and visited the National Maritime College of Ireland.

2007: King Albert and Queen Paola of Belgium came on a three day visit to Ireland. They first went around Dublin, laying a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance, visiting the National Museum and Leinster House. They also toured Trinity College, the GPO, the Spire and Fitzwilliam Square. After Dublin, the pair travelled west to Bunratty Castle Folk Park and the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, before returning home.

2011: Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visited Belfast, County Antrim. They visited on Shrove Tuesday, and flipped pancakes with some children at City Hall.

2011: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, made a historic visit to Ireland, the first visit by a reigning British monarch to the Republic of Ireland since 1911. They visited an array of locations in Dublin, including the Phoenix Park, the Guinness Storehouse, Croke Park and Dublin Castle, before touring the Irish National Stud in County Kildare, the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary, and the English Market in County Cork.

2018: Prince Harry and Megan, Duchess of Sussex, made a trip to Dublin city on July 10 and 11. They visited the Book of Kells in Trinity College Dublin, the Famine Memorial, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Croke Park, home of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

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