The Duchess of Cornwall got into the Irish spirit on Wednesday as she stepped out in a stunning green frock for a St Patrick’s Day celebration.
Camilla glowed in the floor-length, floral printed kaftan-style dress as she smiled for cameras upon entering the event in London this week at the Embassy of Ireland.
With her hair in its signature slightly waved style, the 71-year-old looked gorgeous in the loosely fitted dress which was completed with a beautiful pair of dangly earrings.
She was joined by husband Prince Charles, 70, who highlighted the importance of the relationship between the UK and Ireland in a moving speech.
“Above all we are friends, we are partners, and we are the closest of neighbours, bound together by everything that we have in common and by just how far we have come together,” he told the guests.
St Patrick’s Day is traditionally celebrated on March 17 in honour of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. The cultural and religious celebration is generally spent attending public parades and festivals, with the majority sporting the colour green.
Also sporting green this week was the Duchess of Cambridge, 37, who was spotted out and about in Blackpool, a seaside town on the Irish Sea coast of England.
Joined by husband Prince William, 36, the pair visited one of the town’s most popular tourist attractions, Blackpool Tower. The tower is inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France and stands 518 feet tall. It was here the royal couple spent time admiring a large mirror, that was originally unveiled by Princess Diana in 1992.
Catherine rugged up for the outing on the cold spring day, with a green printed dress, a cosy dark green coat, black scarf and long black boots. Meanwhile, William sported a pair of navy blue pants, tailored jacket and a warm black sweater.
It was a busy day for the couple who also visited a Kirby Road property which was previously a boarding house. Here they were exposed to the realities of the town’s housing problems and the significant work under way to resolve the issue.
Kate and William then took time out to see a woman by the name of Christina Jackson in her home across the road, which was purchased and upgraded by My Blackpool Home, an organisation which improves home and neighbourhoods.
“Christina’s home was renovated in 2018 under Blackpool Council’s investment and refurbishment scheme,” Kensington Palace wrong alongside a post on Instagram. “In total around 50 bedsits in the area have now become 13 good quality homes for families.”
Housing is a critical issue in Blackpool — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Kirby Road to see the realities of the town’s housing problems and the significant work under way to resolve these. After seeing an example of poorly maintained ex-boarding house, The Duke and Duchess visited Christina Jackson in a similar house across the road which was purchased and upgraded by My Blackpool Home. Christina’s home was renovated in 2018 under Blackpool Council's investment and refurbishment scheme — in total around 50 bedsits in the area have now become 13 good quality homes for families. #RoyalVisitBlackpool
Next stop was Blackpool Central Library. Here the Duke and Duchess met with people involved in CECD’s Blackpool’s A Better Start program, including health visitors, practitioners from the Blackpool Hospital Family Nurse Partnership and parents.
They listened to a session led by the director of Blackpool’s Centre for Early Child Development on the impact of long-term investment in mothers, fathers and children in their early years. While there the couple met a number of people who are suffering with mental health and are exposed to homelessness and addiction.
At Blackpool Central Library The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined people involved in CECD Blackpool’s ‘A Better Start’ programme, including health visitors, practitioners from the Blackpool Hospital Family Nurse Partnership, and parents. The session, led by Merle Davies, the Director of Blackpool’s Centre for Early Child Development, discussed the impact of long-term investment in mothers, fathers and children in their early years.The Duke and Duchess also met people affected by problems around #MentalHealth, including issues such as homelessness and addiction, and people making a difference through innovative work locally. With representatives from the emergency services and first responder community they learned more about how they are helping people in Blackpool with complex mental health needs. #RoyalVisitBlackpool
Following that the two visited Revoe Park, a space that has been transformed into a community garden and park as part of the A Better Start program.
“Revoe Park had previously been a known location for drug use, in an area of significant deprivation, yet is now a great example of how a long-term community led initiative can transform lives and provide new opportunities,” Kensington Palace explained in a post on Instagram.