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First Lady Sabina Higgins wears 100% Irish during historic visit

Published 08/04/2014 | 12:19

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WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 08:  Irish President Michael D. Higgins (L) stands with his wife Sabrina Higgins during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle on April 8, 2014 in England. This is the first official visit by the head of state of the Irish Republic to the United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Irish President Michael D. Higgins (L) stands with his wife Sabrina Higgins during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle on April 8, 2014 in England. This is the first official visit by the head of state of the Irish Republic to the United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Pictured is President of Ireland Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and  The Duke of Edinburgh at the 'Welcome Ceremony' in Windsor Castle on the first official day of the Presidents 5 day State Visit to the United Kingdom. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography
President of Ireland Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh at the 'Welcome Ceremony' in Windsor Castle

Sabina Higgins, the wife of Irish President Michael D Higgins is showing off Ireland's finest fashion talent during their historic trip to Britain.

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Today, Mrs Higgins chose a pale pink dress by Louise Kennedy, with a matching headpiece by Philip Treacy.

Before leaving Ireland yesterday, she opted for a stunning love green ensemble by Helen McAlinden with a hat by Nessa Cronin, who provided six different hats for the visit.

It is yet another major coup for iconic Irish designer Louise Kennedy, who designed the blush pink dress the First Lady wore with the royals at Windsor castle.

Her gloves have been especially designed for her by Paula Rowan.

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Her long-time friend and legendary costume designer and Emmy winner Joan Bergin, who coordinated wardrobes for countless films such as My Left Foot, The Prestige and Veronica Guerin.

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Their trip involves two white tie banquets, and fashionistas are watching with baited breath to see her extensive couture wardrobe for the trip.

Their visit is intended to reciprocate the hugely successful 2011 trip by the Queen to Ireland.

The pair are en route to Windsor Castle to meet Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in the first State visit made by an Irish president to Britain.

Earlier today, they met the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the Irish embassy in London.

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