Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoy clifftop walk in Ireland

Prince William and Kate enjoyed a romantic clifftop walk as they spent some quality time together in Ireland, after meeting young people facing mental health issues, homelessness, or drug and alcohol problems. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walked arm-in-arm against a stunning coastal backdrop on the second day of their official royal tour, visiting Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre in County Meath today. 

In brilliant winter sunshine, the husband and wife couple followed the trail to the summit of Howth Cliff, a popular tourist spot east of central of Dublin that attracts thousands of visitors every year. 

They hugged as they posed for a picture, before meeting Irish environment minister Richard Bruton, who said: ‘They remarked on how you couldn’t come to Ireland and not see the coastline so they got their wish. And they saw it in a benign light, normally there is a wind howling – it’s really beautiful today, they couldn’t be luckier.’ 

Prince William and Kate are in the country to soothe post-Brexit relations between the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The couple got their hands dirty today, viewing a cattle field and laying hedgerows.  

Prince William and Kate enjoyed a romantic clifftop walk at Howth Head, east of central Dublin, spending some quality time together on the second day of their three-day official royal tour of the Republic of Ireland

Prince William and Kate enjoyed a romantic clifftop walk at Howth Head, east of central Dublin, spending some quality time together on the second day of their three-day official royal tour of the Republic of Ireland

Prince William and Kate enjoyed a romantic clifftop walk at Howth Head, east of central Dublin, spending some quality time together on the second day of their three-day official royal tour of the Republic of Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were photographed linking arms as they made their way up towards Howth Cliff summit. The couple met young people facing mental health issues, homelessness, or drug and alcohol problems today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were photographed linking arms as they made their way up towards Howth Cliff summit. The couple met young people facing mental health issues, homelessness, or drug and alcohol problems today

Prince William and Kate enjoyed the walk up to Howth Cliff, which attracts thousands of tourists every year. They are currently on a three-day official 'charm offensive' to soothe post-Brexit relations between the UK and the Republic of Ireland

Prince William and Kate enjoyed the walk up to Howth Cliff, which attracts thousands of tourists every year. They are currently on a three-day official 'charm offensive' to soothe post-Brexit relations between the UK and the Republic of Ireland

In brilliant winter sunshine, the husband and wife couple followed the trail to the summit of Howth Cliff, a popular tourist spot east of central of Dublin that attracts thousands of visitors every year, against the stunning coastal backdrop

Prince William and Kate were photographed linking arms on their second day of their official 'charm offensive' to the Republic of Ireland, where they have been tasked with soothing post-Brexit relations between the two nations

Prince William and Kate were photographed linking arms on their second day of their official 'charm offensive' to the Republic of Ireland, where they have been tasked with soothing post-Brexit relations between the two nations

Prince William and Kate were photographed linking arms on their second day of their official ‘charm offensive’ to the Republic of Ireland, where they have been tasked with soothing post-Brexit relations between the two nations

Prince William and Kate are in Ireland to soothe post-Brexit relations between the UK and the Republic of Ireland on a three-day official visit. The couple got their hands dirty earlier today, viewing a cattle field and laying hedgerows

Prince William and Kate are in Ireland to soothe post-Brexit relations between the UK and the Republic of Ireland on a three-day official visit. The couple got their hands dirty earlier today, viewing a cattle field and laying hedgerows

Prince William and Kate are in Ireland to soothe post-Brexit relations between the UK and the Republic of Ireland on a three-day official visit. The couple got their hands dirty earlier today, viewing a cattle field and laying hedgerows 

Prince William is later expected to speak about the Troubles and 'many wrongs' of Ireland and the UK's 'complex' shared history at a reception hosted by Tánaiste Simon Coveney in Dublin

Prince William is later expected to speak about the Troubles and 'many wrongs' of Ireland and the UK's 'complex' shared history at a reception hosted by Tánaiste Simon Coveney in Dublin

Prince William is later expected to speak about the Troubles and ‘many wrongs’ of Ireland and the UK’s ‘complex’ shared history at a reception hosted by Tánaiste Simon Coveney in Dublin

They spoke to a group of farmers who are using the research in their own practices and met primary school children visiting the farm, joining in a session to learn about the environment, nutrition, and food production.

Earlier in the day the couple also joined young people cooking and playing table tennis as they visited Savannah House in County Kildare, a residential facility run by social justice charity Extern.

William, 37, and Kate, 38, also went to youth mental health charity Jigsaw in Dublin and spoke of the importance of getting a ‘tool box’ to help deal with life’s issues as they talked to young people at the drop-in centre.

The couple met young people supported by Jigsaw and spoke with community campaigners, teachers, parents and coaches about the impact of its work in one-to-one, neighbourhood, school and online services.

William and Kate – who wore a white Reiss coat to her first engagement at Jigsaw today – are making their first official visit to Ireland, a three-day trip which began yesterday and will take them from Dublin to Galway.

The Duke is later expected to speak about the Troubles and ‘many wrongs’ of Ireland and the UK’s ‘complex’ shared history at a reception hosted by Tánaiste Simon Coveney in Dublin.

They hugged as they posed for a picture, before meeting Irish environment minister Richard Bruton, who said: ' They remarked on how you couldn't come to Ireland and not see the coastline so they got their wish. And they saw it in a benign light, normally there is a wind howling - it's really beautiful today, they couldn't be luckier'

They hugged as they posed for a picture, before meeting Irish environment minister Richard Bruton, who said: ' They remarked on how you couldn't come to Ireland and not see the coastline so they got their wish. And they saw it in a benign light, normally there is a wind howling - it's really beautiful today, they couldn't be luckier'

They hugged as they posed for a picture, before meeting Irish environment minister Richard Bruton, who said: ‘ They remarked on how you couldn’t come to Ireland and not see the coastline so they got their wish. And they saw it in a benign light, normally there is a wind howling – it’s really beautiful today, they couldn’t be luckier’ 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were spoiled for weather as they strolled up to Howth Head east of Dublin

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were spoiled for weather as they strolled up to Howth Head east of Dublin

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were spoiled for weather as they strolled up to Howth Head east of Dublin 

William and Kate during a visit to the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre at Grange in County Meath today

William and Kate during a visit to the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre at Grange in County Meath today

William and Kate during a visit to the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre at Grange in County Meath today

Kate is learning more about sustainable farming this afternoon

Kate is learning more about sustainable farming this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she walks through the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she walks through the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she walks through the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre this afternoon

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge laugh during a visit to the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge laugh during a visit to the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge laugh during a visit to the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre today

The Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands during a visit to the Teagasc Centre at Grange in County Meath this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands during a visit to the Teagasc Centre at Grange in County Meath this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands during a visit to the Teagasc Centre at Grange in County Meath this afternoon

The visit to County Meath this afternoon is part of the royal couple's three day visit to the Republic of Ireland this week

The visit to County Meath this afternoon is part of the royal couple's three day visit to the Republic of Ireland this week

The visit to County Meath this afternoon is part of the royal couple’s three day visit to the Republic of Ireland this week

Prince William and his wife Kate visit the Teagasc research farm in County Meath this afternoon on their tour of Ireland

Prince William and his wife Kate visit the Teagasc research farm in County Meath this afternoon on their tour of Ireland

Prince William and his wife Kate visit the Teagasc research farm in County Meath this afternoon on their tour of Ireland

William, who will give the keynote speech, is expected to say: ‘Growing up I remember seeing the troubles that took place, which affected so many people across the UK and Ireland.

William will pay tribute to those who died fighting for Irish independence

Prince William will give the keynote speech of the couple’s visit in which he will refer to yesterday’s moving ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance, where he and Kate paid tribute to those who had lost their lives fighting for Irish independence from the UK.

He is expected to say: ‘Growing up I remember seeing the troubles that took place, which affected so many people across the UK and Ireland.

‘This explains why one of the truly profound moments for Catherine and I took place yesterday when we laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance. 

‘It was a reminder of the complexity of our shared history, and as my grandmother said during her visit in 2011, ‘our islands have experienced more than their fair share of heartache and turbulence’.

‘But it was also a reminder of how far we have come. It is right that we continue to remember those who suffered as a consequence of our troubled past. And whilst many wrongs have been done, it is important that we are not bound by these.’

‘This explains why one of the truly profound moments for Catherine and I took place yesterday when we laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance.

‘It was a reminder of the complexity of our shared history, and as my grandmother said during her visit in 2011, ‘our islands have experienced more than their fair share of heartache and turbulence’.

‘But it was also a reminder of how far we have come. It is right that we continue to remember those who suffered as a consequence of our troubled past. And whilst many wrongs have been done, it is important that we are not bound by these.’

At the farm, the couple were shown around by Edward O’Riordan, Enterprise Leader, who explained that the two main aims of the centre were to explore more sustainable beef farming and study the molecular biology of the animals, seeing how their DNA affects their behaviour. 

Speaking after their meeting Mr O’Riordan described the couple as ‘absolutely charming, so interesting and interested’. He said: ‘They are a lovely couple. 

‘Really interested in what was happening, really well informed. We went through the issue of sustainable livestock production, the environment, society and economics and they were interested in all of that.

‘They showed a great depth of understanding of the subject. Very easy to talk to, very engaging, very related. You couldn’t ask for a nicer couple.

Prince William and Kate talk during a visit to Teagasc Research Farm in County Meath on the tour of Ireland today

Prince William and Kate talk during a visit to Teagasc Research Farm in County Meath on the tour of Ireland today

Prince William and Kate talk during a visit to Teagasc Research Farm in County Meath on the tour of Ireland today

Prince William revealed today he had been inspired by his father to get out and lay hedgerows to improve the countryside

Prince William revealed today he had been inspired by his father to get out and lay hedgerows to improve the countryside

Prince William revealed today he had been inspired by his father to get out and lay hedgerows to improve the countryside

The couple visit the Teagasc Research Farm today to learn more about its research to promote sustainable farming in Ireland

The couple visit the Teagasc Research Farm today to learn more about its research to promote sustainable farming in Ireland

The couple visit the Teagasc Research Farm today to learn more about its research to promote sustainable farming in Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to County Meath, with Eddie O'Riordan (right) director of the farm and beef scientist Paul Crosson (second from right), today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to County Meath, with Eddie O'Riordan (right) director of the farm and beef scientist Paul Crosson (second from right), today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to County Meath, with Eddie O’Riordan (right) director of the farm and beef scientist Paul Crosson (second from right), today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre this afernoon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre this afernoon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre this afernoon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge laugh during a visit to Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre this afternoon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge laugh during a visit to Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre this afternoon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge laugh during a visit to Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre this afternoon

‘The duke told me that he was very interested in hedging and hedge planting. He said that when he was vey young his father would take him out laying hedges but that he had now mastered the art, apparently, too. He says that he appreciates the art of planting hedges and the importance of it to the environment and the need to maintain forestry and wildlife.’

He added: ‘The Duchess was just a engaging, if not more so. So easy to talk to. Just lovely.

‘If you didn’t know they were a royal collie you would just think they were nice young people. ‘

Dressed casually – the duchess in a Dubarry jacked and knee-high boots – first viewed a cattle field where there were several sets of young twins, apparently quite unusual for cows, and then the maternity shed.

They also had the chance to chat to a group of local farmers.

William asked them: ‘Are young people getting into farming? Does the future look bright?’

Looking concerned as the farmer told him, one by one, no, he said: ‘The schools, they need to be more proactive in putting the message put about where our food comes from. ‘

He also asked: ‘Do you think people appreciate your role as custodians of the land. The importance of sustainable farming and hedgerows?’

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown Bog Oak during a visit to the Teagasc Research Centre today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown Bog Oak during a visit to the Teagasc Research Centre today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown Bog Oak during a visit to the Teagasc Research Centre today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre this afternoon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre this afternoon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre this afternoon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stand in front of a group of schoolchildren during a visit to the Teagasc Centre today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stand in front of a group of schoolchildren during a visit to the Teagasc Centre today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stand in front of a group of schoolchildren during a visit to the Teagasc Centre today

Before they left the couple met a group of schoolchildren from Kiltale National School who gave then a presentation about food, farming and nutrition

Evelyn Donoghue, 12, said afterwards: ‘They were really interested and the duchess said a lot about our health had do with sleeping and getting outdoor and getting fresh air. ‘

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre today

Asked how it was to meet the couple, she declared: ‘Splendid!’ As he left William said: ‘We want to do more on rural issues. We care about the countryside’

Michael Creed, Minister for Agricultural, Food and Marines said the Irish government was hugely appreciative of the royal visit, particularly post Brexit.

He said: ‘Our relationship with the UK at a political level are reflective of the broad ties that in bind us. We have had the Queen visit, Prince Charles and Camilla, so this is a continuation of the friendship. 

‘I think it’s really important still, perhaps more important, because of the changes. It’s our long term mission to have a very close relationship with the UK, including a trading relationship. ‘

Ninety per cent of Ireland’s beef is exported, and of that around half goes to the UK.

Mr Creed continued: ‘It is our biggest market…so we want as close a trading relationship as possible. 

‘We are obviously remaining in the European Union and we are hopefully that we can get that outcome in the context of the trading relationship. 

‘There has been some sabre rattling, but the bottom line is that is to be expected in the context of this relationship, but we are very hopeful.’

He said that William and Kate’s visit was seen as an attempt to say that despite what has happened, ‘we are still your neighbours and still your friends’.

‘We may have gone our separate ways in our previously shared membership of the European Union but I think we can forge a new economic and political dispensation that is reflective of those broad family ties that have been there for many, many years. Geographically we are each other’s closest neighbour,’ he said. 

The couple tour Teagasc Research Farm this afternoon to learn about its work promoting sustainable farming across Ireland

The couple tour Teagasc Research Farm this afternoon to learn about its work promoting sustainable farming across Ireland

The couple tour Teagasc Research Farm this afternoon to learn about its work promoting sustainable farming across Ireland

Teagasc Research Farm is carrying out pioneering research to promote sustainable farming across Ireland

Teagasc Research Farm is carrying out pioneering research to promote sustainable farming across Ireland

Kate and William at Teagasc Research Farm

Kate and William at Teagasc Research Farm

Teagasc Research Farm is carrying out pioneering research to promote sustainable farming across Ireland

Prince William visits the Teagasc research farm in County Meath this afternoon during the couple's tour of Ireland

Prince William visits the Teagasc research farm in County Meath this afternoon during the couple's tour of Ireland

Prince William visits the Teagasc research farm in County Meath this afternoon during the couple’s tour of Ireland

Kate laughs during the visit today

Kate laughs during the visit today

William and Kate on the farm this afternoon

William and Kate on the farm this afternoon

William and Kate laugh while visiting Teagasc Research Farm’s this afternoon during their tour of Ireland

The couple meet the cows before speaking to a group of farmers who have implemented research into their own practices

The couple meet the cows before speaking to a group of farmers who have implemented research into their own practices

The couple meet the cows before speaking to a group of farmers who have implemented research into their own practices

The couple speak to dignitaries today as they visit the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre in Grange today

The couple speak to dignitaries today as they visit the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre in Grange today

The couple speak to dignitaries today as they visit the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre in Grange today

‘The UK will always be our closest neighbour, our closest trading partner and we are anxious to maintain that.

‘They [William and Kate] are very, very welcome here. They bring a symbolic message as well to the island of Ireland. It’s power, its a symbolism, this is an island we can share.’

Also today, the Duke and Duchess went on a shopping trip to a village convenience store today to help teach vulnerable children how to buy food on a tight budget.

William and Kate got stuck into helping two 13-year-old children, Simon and Molly, buy ingredients for a vegetable soup. Their trip to the Londis store in the sleepy village of Prosperous in County Kildare was supposed to be a secret but by the time they got there around 200 villagers had gathered outside to see them. 

Philip Stynes, owner of the Londis store, later admitted he had told a few customers about the royal visit on Tuesday night and word soon spread around the village like wildfire. 

‘It just snowballed from there,’ he said. ‘But even if we hadn’t told them there would have been a big crowd. People live out on the streets here.’

Police came to see him last Friday to ask if some famous people could come to the store. They only told him who it was after he had said yes. ‘I came home and told my wife and she said: “Sure will you go away and stop annoying me.” She didn’t believe me,’ he recalled.

‘We spruced up the shop. Even then we didn’t tell anybody. It was all top secret but then last night we thought, when will there be another day like this in Prosperous? And we started telling a few people.

‘There’s never been anything as big as this. The nearest thing would be a big lottery winner. Lots of people do come to Prosperous to buy a lottery ticket because of the name but we haven’t had a big winner.’

Mr Stynes, 54, who has owned the shop for 17 years, said the royal couple were relaxed and easy to talk to. There were no airs and graces about them,’ he said. ‘They shook hands with people for a good 20 minutes outside.’

The Duchess of Cambridge prepare soup with members and staff in the kitchen area during a visit to Extern at Savannah House, in County Meath, near Dublin today

The Duchess of Cambridge prepare soup with members and staff in the kitchen area during a visit to Extern at Savannah House, in County Meath, near Dublin today

The Duchess of Cambridge prepare soup with members and staff in the kitchen area during a visit to Extern at Savannah House, in County Meath, near Dublin today

The Duke and Duchess work with in the kitchen during a visit to Extern at Savannah House in County Meath today

The Duke and Duchess work with in the kitchen during a visit to Extern at Savannah House in County Meath today

The Duke and Duchess work with in the kitchen during a visit to Extern at Savannah House in County Meath today

Kate speaks to a girl during an activity at an arts and crafts area in the centre during a visit to Extern at Savannah House today

Kate speaks to a girl during an activity at an arts and crafts area in the centre during a visit to Extern at Savannah House today

Kate speaks to a girl during an activity at an arts and crafts area in the centre during a visit to Extern at Savannah House today

The Duke and Duchess prepare soup with members and staff in the kitchen area at Extern in County Meath today

The Duke and Duchess prepare soup with members and staff in the kitchen area at Extern in County Meath today

The Duke and Duchess prepare soup with members and staff in the kitchen area at Extern in County Meath today

William and Kate returned with a bag of provisions including brown bread, butter, and leeks and then set about making soup with children at Savannah House, a family respite centre run by the social justice charity Extern in Clane, County Kildare, 25 miles west of Dublin.

Each year around 300 children from all over Ireland stay at the centre for a maximum of three nights at a time to have a break from problems at home or while they are in care.

The royal couple asked to visit the charity after going to another of its projects across the border in Roscor, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, in February last year when they took part in a canoe race on Lough Eme. Irish officials said the couple wanted to showcase its cross-border work as part of the peace process.

The second in line to the throne and his wife went shopping with the children today after inspecting the fridge with them and checking the ingredients of the soup – all designed to teach the young people life skills. 

‘There’s only one leek. Do we have to stick to the menu?’ William asked before telling others in the kitchen: ‘We’re going to shop for you. We’ll be back in a minute. We’ll bring back all the wrong ingredients.’

Back in the kitchen after 15 minutes the couple washed their hands carefully and donned aprons before helping Simon and Molly and two other children, Owen, 13, and Chloe, 15, prepare the meal for around 16 people. 

Kate speaks to young women today at the residential Savannah House, run by social justice charity Extern, in County Kildare

Kate speaks to young women today at the residential Savannah House, run by social justice charity Extern, in County Kildare

Kate speaks to young women today at the residential Savannah House, run by social justice charity Extern, in County Kildare

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Savannah House, a residential facility run by social justice charity Extern, today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Savannah House, a residential facility run by social justice charity Extern, today

Kate washes her hands in County Kildare

Kate washes her hands in County Kildare

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Savannah House, a residential facility run by social justice charity Extern, today

William talks to two boys while cooking today at Savannah House, a residential facility run by Extern, in County Kildare, today

William talks to two boys while cooking today at Savannah House, a residential facility run by Extern, in County Kildare, today

William talks to two boys while cooking today at Savannah House, a residential facility run by Extern, in County Kildare, today

TheDuchess of Cambridge takes part in a game of table tennis at Savannah House in County Kildare this afternoon

TheDuchess of Cambridge takes part in a game of table tennis at Savannah House in County Kildare this afternoon

TheDuchess of Cambridge takes part in a game of table tennis at Savannah House in County Kildare this afternoon

Kate laughs while playing table tennis

Kate laughs while playing table tennis

The Duchess of Cambridge at Savannah House,

The Duchess of Cambridge at Savannah House,

The Duchess laughs while playing table tennis at the residential centre Savannah House in County Kildare today

They asked the children whether they cooked at home and what food they liked. ‘Do you cook any vaguely healthy things?’ Kate asked hopefully as they washed and peeled carrots.

They discussed pasta and other dishes but if some of them were fussy eaters, it appeared they were not alone.

William asked the boys if they liked pancakes as Shrove Tuesday has just been and gone. ‘I tried to get my children to eat pancakes but they weren’t so interested this year. Maybe next year,’ he said.

Upstairs in a recreation room there was a further insight into the couple’s life at home with their children, Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, who will be two next month, and their cocker spaniel, Lupo.

They joined in a game of table tennis with young people who use the centre. ‘We try to do this at home but our dog keeps catching the ping pong balls,’ the Duchess said.

Before they left they sat down with another group of children to help them decorate bunting with their own personal messages on what they like about Savannah House. The exercise is designed to make them take ownership of the centre and help them feel at home on their return visits, often for family therapy.

Extern supports more than 20,000 people per year, including 3,500 children in Ireland and 6,500 in Northern Ireland, affected by issues such as homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, offending, and mental health problems.

Charlie Mack, chief executive of Extern, said: ‘The children we support are truly inspirational, and Extern is commuter to providing them with the opportunity to discover strengths and abilities they never knew they had.

‘It was wonderful to once again witness the enthusiasm and Ladki Their Royal Highnesses have for encouraging and empowering children. I know this day will live long in the memory of the young people and staff who were here at Savannah House today.’

At the Jigsaw centre today, William and Kate chatted to three service users who had been helped by the charity.

Lauren Russell, 21, said: ‘I spoke to them about how I was able to build a tool box of how to deal with issues I was facing. They were very interested in that. 

‘It effectively gives you a way to manage life’s stresses and be able to cope with your problems.

‘I struggled with keeping a secret about my mental health problems and thinking people would treat me differently. Both of them stressed that breaking the stigma surrounding mental health was so so important.’ 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talk during a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talk during a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talk during a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin this morning

Kate and Prince William visit Jigsaw in Dublin as part of their three-day royal tour of Ireland taking place this week

Kate and Prince William visit Jigsaw in Dublin as part of their three-day royal tour of Ireland taking place this week

Prince William speaks during the engagement today

Prince William speaks during the engagement today

Kate and Prince William visit Jigsaw in Dublin as part of their three-day royal tour of Ireland taking place this week

The couple met young people supported by Jigsaw charity today and joined a conversation with community campaigners

The couple met young people supported by Jigsaw charity today and joined a conversation with community campaigners

The couple met young people supported by Jigsaw charity today and joined a conversation with community campaigners 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge listen during a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge listen during a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge listen during a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin this morning

The Duchess of Cambridge visits Jigsaw, the national centre for youth mental health, in Dublin this morning

The Duchess of Cambridge visits Jigsaw, the national centre for youth mental health, in Dublin this morning

The Duchess of Cambridge visits Jigsaw, the national centre for youth mental health, in Dublin this morning

William and Kate visit Jigsaw today, the national centre for youth mental health, which provides support to young people

William and Kate visit Jigsaw today, the national centre for youth mental health, which provides support to young people

William and Kate visit Jigsaw today, the national centre for youth mental health, which provides support to young people

Ella Barton, 19, said: ‘They were amazing. 

‘So down to earth and really connected with what we were saying and the issues young people face.  

‘What was amazing about the visit is that they were on the same page of many of the issues I have struggled with.

‘I explained that the school system had failed me and they agreed that more needed to be done in schools to help young people before they reach the stage when they need to seek help, particularly bullying and other school stresses. They agreed that school principals need to step up and do more. 

‘And to have people with such power saying that I think will make such a difference.’ 

Ricky Jinks, 24, said: ‘They were very interested in the time-line of mental health and if something could be done to prevent me having to seek help with Jigsaw.’ 

Conor Boksberger, clinical manager of Jigsaw, said: ‘To have to global figures come off the street to visit us is so important, especially when encouraging young people to do the same, to walk in and share their problems.’

Police allowed small security checked crowd inside the barriers. When the couple arrived they waved as they cheered. On each occasion the couple waved but did not over to talk to them.

Last year, they visited Extern’s Roscor Youth Village, in County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, which each year provides 6,000 bed nights to young people experiencing challenges at home and in their careers.

Last night, a reception in Dublin saw the Duke joke about unwittingly ‘spreading’ the coronavirus while meeting well-wishers, questioning a paramedic about whether he thought coverage of the illness was being ‘a little hyped’. 

Also yesterday, the Queen wore gloves to present honours during an investiture ceremony, but Buckingham Palace declined to confirm whether the monarch was taking the precaution because of the outbreak.

William talked about the infection as he chatted to emergency workers at a reception hosted by Britain’s Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett in the Gravity Bar at Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse.

The Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands following a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin today

The Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands following a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin today

The Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands following a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin today

Prince William and Kate are learning about projects supporting young people with mental health issues in Dublin today

Prince William and Kate are learning about projects supporting young people with mental health issues in Dublin today

Prince William and Kate are learning about projects supporting young people with mental health issues in Dublin today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Dublin today as they visit Jigsaw, Ireland's national centre for youth mental health

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Dublin today as they visit Jigsaw, Ireland's national centre for youth mental health

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Dublin today as they visit Jigsaw, Ireland’s national centre for youth mental health

The Duchess of Cambridge waves following a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw in Dublin this morning

The Duchess of Cambridge waves following a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw in Dublin this morning

Kate smiles during her visit to Jigsaw today

Kate smiles during her visit to Jigsaw today

The Duchess of Cambridge waves following a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw in Dublin this morning

The Duke of Cambridge waves after he and Kate visited mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin this morning

The Duke of Cambridge waves after he and Kate visited mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin this morning

The Duke of Cambridge waves after he and Kate visited mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin this morning

He asked Joe Mooney, an advance paramedic with the National Ambulance Service: ‘I bet everyone’s like “I’ve got coronavirus, I’m dying”, and you’re like “no, you’ve just got a cough”.

‘Does it seem quite dramatic about coronavirus at the moment?  Is it being a little bit hyped up do you think in the media?’ Later he grimaced with mock horror as he said: ‘By the way, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spreading coronavirus, Sorry. We’re keeping an eye on that, so do tell us if we need to stop.’

The couple shook hands with dozens of people on the first day of their tour and are expected to continue to do so, based on advice they are being given. 

A royal source said last night the couple were following guidance from Public Health England and the Department of Health and that meant ‘business as usual’ for now.

The centre visited by William and Kate today provides vital support to young people

The centre visited by William and Kate today provides vital support to young people

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge look at artwork today as they visit Jigsaw, Ireland's centre for youth mental health

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge look at artwork today as they visit Jigsaw, Ireland's centre for youth mental health

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge look at artwork today as they visit Jigsaw, Ireland’s centre for youth mental health

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles following a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin this morning

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles following a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin this morning

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles following a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin this morning

Kate smiles while visiting Jigsaw in Dublin today

Kate smiles while visiting Jigsaw in Dublin today

The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge

Kate smiles while at Jigsaw in Dublin today where she learned about how the charity helps those with mental health issues

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Jigsaw this morning as part of their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Jigsaw this morning as part of their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Jigsaw this morning as part of their three day visit to the Republic of Ireland

Kate at Jigsaw today

Kate at Jigsaw today

William at Jigsaw this morning

William at Jigsaw this morning

Kate and Prince William visit Jigsaw this morning as part of their three-day royal tour of Ireland

William waves as the couple leave Jigsaw

William waves as the couple leave Jigsaw

Kate speaks while visiting Jigsaw today

Kate speaks while visiting Jigsaw today

William waves as the couple leave Jigsaw, after the couple spent time speaking to people at the centre in Dublin today

Kate smiles as she visits the mental health charity today as part of the royal couple's three day visit to the Republic of Ireland

Kate smiles as she visits the mental health charity today as part of the royal couple's three day visit to the Republic of Ireland

Kate smiles as she visits the mental health charity today as part of the royal couple’s three day visit to the Republic of Ireland

The Duchess of Cambridge views artwork as she and Prince William visit Jigsaw in Dublin this morning

The Duchess of Cambridge views artwork as she and Prince William visit Jigsaw in Dublin this morning

Kate walks outside during her visit to Jigsaw this morning

Kate walks outside during her visit to Jigsaw this morning

The Duchess of Cambridge views artwork as she and Prince William visit Jigsaw in Dublin this morning

‘This is a discussion we have been having and everything we are doing should continue as usual,’ said the source.

William and Kate enjoyed a pint of Guinness at the Storehouse – a major visitor attraction which tells the story of the famous drink – with the duke toasting his hosts in Gaelic, raising his pint and saying ‘Slainte’.

He also addressed the guests from the worlds of sport, film, television and the armed forces in Irish, calling them ‘dhaoine uaisle’ – ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’.

‘Ireland is a country that we have both heard so much about, so we are really excited to be here with you to see it first-hand for ourselves,’ the duke said.

‘In coming to the Guinness Storehouse, we are retracing the footsteps of my grandmother, who was shown how to pour the perfect pint here in 2011. 

The Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands following a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin today

The Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands following a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin today

The Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands following a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin today

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she is welcomed to the mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin today

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she is welcomed to the mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin today

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she is welcomed to the mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin today

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Jigsaw today wearing a white Reiss coat as the royal tour of Ireland continues

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Jigsaw today wearing a white Reiss coat as the royal tour of Ireland continues

Kate smiles as she arrives at Jigsaw in Dublin

Kate smiles as she arrives at Jigsaw in Dublin

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Jigsaw today wearing a white Reiss coat as the royal tour of Ireland continues

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she is greeted at her visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin today

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she is greeted at her visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin today

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she is greeted at her visit to mental health charity Jigsaw at Temple Bar in Dublin today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving for a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving for a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw

Kate listens during discussions at Jigsaw in Dublin today

Kate listens during discussions at Jigsaw in Dublin today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving for a visit to mental health charity Jigsaw in Dublin this morning

Jigsaw provides support across a range of one-to-one, community, school and online services for young people in Dublin

Jigsaw provides support across a range of one-to-one, community, school and online services for young people in Dublin

Jigsaw provides support across a range of one-to-one, community, school and online services for young people in Dublin

Crowds wait for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this morning who are visiting the mental health charity Jigsaw in Dublin

Crowds wait for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this morning who are visiting the mental health charity Jigsaw in Dublin

Crowds wait for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this morning who are visiting the mental health charity Jigsaw in Dublin

A member of Garda waits for William and Kate's arrival today at the mental health charity Jigsaw, at Temple Bar in Dublin

A member of Garda waits for William and Kate's arrival today at the mental health charity Jigsaw, at Temple Bar in Dublin

A member of Garda waits for William and Kate’s arrival today at the mental health charity Jigsaw, at Temple Bar in Dublin

‘Ladies and Gentlemen let me tell you it is not often that I find myself following the Queen to a pub.’

During the reception William and Kate were introduced to groups of guests, from film and TV, sports, sustainability and environment, creative and cultural Ireland, education and research, the charity sector and uniformed services.

They included Game Of Thrones star Liam Cunningham, who played Davos Seaworth in the HBO series and Misfits actor Robert Sheehan, comedian Deirdre O’Kane and actors Sarah Bolger and Orla Brady.

The duke and duchess’s outing came after a day of formal engagements to launch their first official visit to Ireland, nine years after the Queen became the first British monarch to visit the country since its independence.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a special reception at the Guinness Storehouses Gravity Bar in Dublin yesterday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a special reception at the Guinness Storehouses Gravity Bar in Dublin yesterday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a special reception at the Guinness Storehouses Gravity Bar in Dublin yesterday

William and Kate attend a wreath laying ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance at Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin yesterday

William and Kate attend a wreath laying ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance at Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin yesterday

William and Kate attend a wreath laying ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance at Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin yesterday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett in Dublin yesterday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett in Dublin yesterday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett in Dublin yesterday

William and Kate speak with Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina on the first day of their visit yesterday

William and Kate speak with Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina on the first day of their visit yesterday

William and Kate speak with Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina on the first day of their visit yesterday

They met Irish President Michael D Higgins at the statesman’s official residence Aras an Uachtarain where they discussed the implications of Brexit and talked about building on the foundations of the Good Friday Agreement.

In Dublin’s Garden of Remembrance, the royals also honoured the memory of those who gave their lives for Irish Independence from Britain, echoing the Queen’s symbolic visit there in 2011 when she bowed her head in tribute to the fallen. The couple then met the outgoing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Ireland’s Government Buildings.

Their three-day tour will focus on the themes of reconciliation, youth, culture, sustainability, and the environment, and will see the couple visit the counties of Meath, Kildare and Galway.

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