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Will Kate be next royal to visit here?

KATE Middleton could be the next British royal to visit Dublin.

She has already wowed audiences in Canada and the US -- and now it appears an Irish trip could be on the cards.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has said that she would be "very welcome" to follow in the footsteps of her grandmother-in-law.

Mr Gilmore said: "We would hope that future high-level visits will serve to follow up on the momentum created by the queen's visit and to reinforce the close ties between Britain and Ireland."

Brendan Griffin, TD for Kerry South, is calling for a visit from Kate and her husband, Prince William. He believes that it is important for the younger generation of the royal family "to cement relations" between Britain and Ireland.

Kate marked St Patrick's Day when she presented the Irish Guards with shamrock. Prince William is the royal colonel of the Irish Guards and chose to wear the uniform of the regiment for his wedding last year.