Kate Middleton sparkles in green sparkly gown for Ireland party

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On Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kicked off their three-day royal tour of Ireland for their first official visit to the country.

The visit was announced by Buckingham Palace just last week and will aim to "highlight the many strong links between the UK and Ireland" and "focus on the relationship between the two countries, and build on the theme of remembrance and reconciliation." The brief trip will include tours of Dublin, County Meath, County Kildare, and Galway.

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It was a busy first day for the royal couple, who after arriving in Dublin by commercial aircraft met president Michael Higgins and first lady Sabina Coyne at their home, Aras an Uachtarain. They then visited the Peace Bell and the Garden of Remembrance, before spending spent time with The Taoiseach, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and his partner Dr. Matt Barrett.

To close out the first day of the tour, Prince William and Duchess Kate stopped by the famed Guinness Storehouse to sip on beers with Dublin locals and hear about the iconic tourist destination. The parents-of-three also spoke with Robin Barnett, the British ambassador to Ireland, and Game of Thrones actor Liam Cunningham at the event.

Since the moment she stepped off the plane, the royal has paid tribute to her host country with her outfits.

For the day's first few engagements, the 38-year-old dressed in head-to-toe green, opting for a $2,335 patterned green dress by Alessandra Rich, which she styled with an emerald green Catherine Walker coat and a matching clutch.

And for the evening's reception, the duchess swapped into yet another emerald look, a sparkly metallic gown by The Vampire's Wife. 

At the brewery, the Duke of Cambridge spoke about the "delightful" trip and Queen Elizabeth's historic trip to the country in 2011. 

"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," he joked.

"Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you it is not often that I find myself following the queen to a pub! But I am looking forward to testing for myself the theory that Guinness tastes even better in Ireland than overseas!"

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