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So how did the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's post-Brexit 'charm offensive' tour go?

Caitlin McBride



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Stroll: William and Kate on the cliff walk during a visit to Howth Head in Co Dublin. Photo: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Stroll: William and Kate on the cliff walk during a visit to Howth Head in Co Dublin. Photo: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

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Stroll: William and Kate on the cliff walk during a visit to Howth Head in Co Dublin. Photo: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

How do you rate the success of a state visit? There are three essential criteria from which to assess it: organisation, execution and perception.

When Kensington Palace announced last month that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would be visiting Ireland for the first time, the royal couple said they hoped to "build a long-lasting friendship with the Irish people".

Diligent organisation is key for a trip of this magnitude to work, factoring in the near-constant security threats, anticipating inevitable criticism and balancing personal causes with compulsory diplomatic niceties.