Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a romantic clifftop walk through rural Ireland. And today William didn’t miss the chance to tell the public how much he loves his wife as the couple met the crowds in Galway.
On the final day of their three-day trip, the royals visited Ireland’s west coast where they popped into family-run Tig Coili pub in the city center before carrying out their only walkabout of the tour. Crowds gathered several hours before the royals arrived to get a good spot and didn’t seem to mind waiting, even though the couple were around an hour late after their helicopter from Dublin was delayed.
Angela Moran from Westport, County Mayo, was holding a commemorative banner from the 2011 royal wedding when she spoke to William. “He asked about the flag,” she told T&C afterwards. “I said to him that I really admired him and Catherine and he said thank you very much. I said I love her and he said ‘I do too, nice of you to say so.’”
About meeting the couple, she said: “It was amazing. It’s something you’d think will never happen. We came and stayed here overnight so that we’d be in a good position to see them today. We’ve had a long stand but it was worth every second.”
She said she liked the “class” and “magic” of the royals.
Kate also greeted the crowds and spoke to Freya Rose who is the same age as Princess Charlotte and even shares a birthday with the Princess, May 2.
Freya’s mom Aoife Byrne told T&C: “She asked her what her age was and also wished her Happy Birthday for May...She asked if she liked to dance like Charlotte and asked her about school as well.”
They had been waiting since 9 a.m. to see the royals. “We like the royal family. We like the idea of reconciliation and peace,” Byrne said. She also described the couple as “very nice, very down to earth.”
Kate also dashed over when she saw two little girls calling out her name. “We asked to shake her hand. She is very beautiful,” says Siofre Borke, 8, who was there with friend Hazel McGann, 8.
“We were surprised she came running over,” says Hazel’s mom Paula McGann, 43.
“It was so sweet to see. You can see how Kate is drawn to the kids,” adds Phillida Eves, who was standing behind the children. “She said ‘I’ll be really quick!’ She was making an effort.”
Sandra Codyre, whose nephew Corey Greaney, 11, got to shake the couple’s hands, said the royals' visit is a "privilege."
“It’s a privilege to have them come to the west of Ireland. It will highlight Galway in a nice way,” she says. “It’s also great for the friendship between Ireland and Britain and it’s important for the young people like Corey to say they have met the future King and Queen.”
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