The garden party at the the British ambassador’s residence last night, held in honour of Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's arrival in Dublin had quite a few famous faces present.
On addressing the guests at the garden party, Prince Harry began with a few words in Irish, addressing the Tánaiste Simon Coveney, the British ambassador Robin Barnett and “a Dhaoine Uaisle,” following up quickly with: “Did I get that right?”
He did. Guests cheered in response.
“There are more rugby people than we originally thought,” the Duke joked in reply at the raucous cheer.
He thanked everyone for the “warm welcome we’ve received since being in this beautiful country” and he the Tánaiste for showing his father Prince Charles around Cork on his visit last month.
“And it was also very nice to know that we he didn’t bore you senseless,” he added of his father.
Prince Harry, sharing the podium with the Duchess – who was wearing a black knee-length cocktail dress by Emilia Wickstead – said his father and grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, had spoken warmly with him of the visits they enjoyed here in Ireland.
“Standing here with you on this beautiful evening, it is easy to see why Ireland has such a special place in the hearts of my family and indeed, all those who come here,” he said.
He and his wife were “so pleased” to make Ireland their “first international visit together as a married couple” and hoped that it would be “the first of many,” he said.
He finished his remarks by toasting the President and the people of Ireland.
Check back in later, when we'll report on Day 2 of The Duke and Duchess' Dublin visit.