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Prince William and Kate Middleton to visit Ireland in March and could potentially meet a Sinn Féin Taoiseach

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave after a visit to City Hall in Bradford to join a group of young people from across the community to hear about life in the city

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave after a visit to City Hall in Bradford to join a group of young people from across the community to hear about life in the city

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave after a visit to City Hall in Bradford to join a group of young people from across the community to hear about life in the city

A ROYAL couple may be meeting with a Sinn Féin Taoiseach in just three weeks’ time.

Prince William and Kate Middleton will make an official visit to Ireland in March, Kensington Palace confirmed today.

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Celebrating: Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald, centre, enjoyed a successful election

Celebrating: Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald, centre, enjoyed a successful election

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The Duke and and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Ireland for three days between between March 3 and March 5.

The trip, which comes in the direct aftermath of General Election 2020, with the Government of the 33rd Dáil may still be in flux.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald is currently frontrunner to form a working coalition and potentially become the next Taoiseach.

The Queen visited Ireland in 2011 in what was described by outgoing Tánaiste Simon Coveney as a "watershed moment" for British-Irish relations and the upcoming visits may well be even more monumental.

In August 1979, Prince William's Great grand uncle, Lord Mountbatten was killed in an attack by the IRA off the coast of Ireland while on a fishing boat.

With the Troubles hanging over the country, there was no visit by a British monarch for decades. Elizabeth II was the first monarch to visit the Republic in a century.

Today a statement from the official Kensington Palace Twitter page confirmed that the couple will be coming in three weeks’ time.

The statement reads: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Ireland between Tuesday 3rd March and Thursday 5th March, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office."

In January, it was rumored that William and Kate were interested in taking part in a series of engagements as part of a two-day visit to Ireland.

The most recent Royal visit saw Prince Charles' visit to Cork in the summer of 2018.

It has not yet been confirmed where in Ireland the pair will visit on their trip, however, the royal couple will reportedly take in Cork and Dublin, in their first-ever trip to Ireland for the pair.

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