Newlyweds Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have just returned from their honeymoon in Africa, but won’t be in London long. Kensington Palace has announced that the couple will soon travel to Ireland on an official visit. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit Dublin, Ireland on 10th & 11th July. The visit is at the request of Her Majesty’s Government,” the Palace tweeted. “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.”
Tourism Ireland has told the Irish Times that the visit will be a “wonderful opportunity to showcase Dublin and Ireland to a huge audience of prospective holidaymakers.” Though the couple’s itinerary hasn’t been finalized, they are expected to visit the Guinness Storehouse. The Duchess has already visited the brewery, having been photographed there pouring a pint there when she visited Dublin in 2013.
Before the wedding, the couple visited Belfast in Northern Ireland, where they attended a peace-building event that attracted nearly 2,000 students. The program, called Amazing The Space, was launched by Harry on a prior visit to Northern Ireland. During their visit, the pair visited The Crown Liquor Saloon, a former "Victorian gin palace," where they enjoyed a drink with locals.
The trip to Ireland is noteworthy given England’s rocky history with the republic. Relations between the two nations were especially fraught in 1922 after Ireland left the United Kingdom, while Northern Ireland stayed with the United Kingdom. Another low point came in 1979, when Lord Mountbatten, the Queen’s cousin, was killed in an attack by the Irish Republican Army. After that, it took Elizabeth II until 2011 to visit Ireland.
During her visit, the Queen attempted to repair relations between the two countries, saying, “The ties between our people, the shared values and the economic, business and cultural links that make us so much more than just neighbors, that make us firm friends and equal partners ... To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past, I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy. With the benefit of historical hindsight, we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will also visit Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand in the fall on their first royal tour, and the Duchess will join Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in Sydney, which will be held from October 20 to 27.