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The Duchess of Cambridge talks to activist and writer Sinéad Burke, Andrea Bandell, of Trinity’s Science Gallery, and academic and broadcaster Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin and during an event at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Picture: Julien Behal

The Duchess of Cambridge talks to activist and writer Sinéad Burke, Andrea Bandell, of Trinity’s Science Gallery, and academic and broadcaster Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin and during an event at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Picture: Julien Behal

The Duchess of Cambridge talks to activist and writer Sinéad Burke, Andrea Bandell, of Trinity’s Science Gallery, and academic and broadcaster Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin and during an event at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Picture: Julien Behal

'W hat's the postcode for Kensington Palace?" quipped Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to Prince William and Kate Middleton in the confines of his office.

Mr Varadkar was translating the requirements of the official visitors' book from Irish to English for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

William, already an aficionado of dad jokes, had seemingly met his match in our nation's leader. On arriving at Mr Varadkar's office, William similarly joked to nearby staff members waiting for a glimpse of the royal couple in an adjacent room, "You look very busy!", met with bursts of laughter.