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The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire

The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire

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The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire

The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire

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The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will visit Dublin next month, Kensington Palace has confirmed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will stay in the city during their first official visit to Ireland on July 10-11.

Kensington Palace made the announced via its Twitter page on Tuesday.

It said: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit Dublin, Ireland on 10th & 11th July. The visit is at the request of Her Majesty’s Government.

"They are looking forward to learning more about Ireland's history and experiencing its rich culture, as well as meeting the people who are shaping the country's future."

 

 

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The Irish independent reported in May the royal couple had pencilled in a trip to Dublin in the weeks following their wedding at Windsor Castle.

The pair were then reported to have paid a unofficial visit to Ireland earlier this month when they enjoyed a 'mini-moon' holiday at Ashford Castle in Co. Mayo.

The castle had been closed off to the public amid local reports of increased security in the area, including road closures and check points.

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Widnes, Cheshire. Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Widnes, Cheshire. Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth arrives by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire accompanied by the Duchess of Sussex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth arrives by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire accompanied by the Duchess of Sussex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex (second right) arrive to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Widnes, Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex (second right) arrive to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Widnes, Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Widnes, Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Widnes, Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Widnes, Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Widnes, Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Widnes, Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Widnes, Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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The Duchess of Sussex at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Widnes, Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The Duchess of Sussex at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Widnes, Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Widnes, Cheshire. In the background is Samantha Cohen, the Queen's former Assistant Private Secretary who is now working with the Duchess. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018.  See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Widnes, Cheshire. In the background is Samantha Cohen, the Queen's former Assistant Private Secretary who is now working with the Duchess. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Widnes, Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Widnes, Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive to visit Storyhouse Chester, where they will be taken on a tour of the building before unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Phil Noble/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive to visit Storyhouse Chester, where they will be taken on a tour of the building before unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Phil Noble/PA Wire

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Crowds await the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex at Chester Town Hall for a lunch as guests of Cheshire West and Chester Council. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Crowds await the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex at Chester Town Hall for a lunch as guests of Cheshire West and Chester Council. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive to visit Storyhouse Chester, where they will be taken on a tour of the building before unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Phil Noble/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive to visit Storyhouse Chester, where they will be taken on a tour of the building before unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Phil Noble/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Widnes, Cheshire. Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Harry and Meghan exchanged vows in front of 600 guests including the Queen, more than 30 royals and famous faces like US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey, tennis champion Serena Williams, actor George Clooney and his barrister wife Amal Clooney, Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham and actor Idris Elba.

Sir Elton, who sang at the funeral service for Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, performed at the lunchtime reception.

An estimated 100,000 people turned out to see the couple as they sat in an open-top Ascot Landau for a carriage procession through Windsor.

The celebrations culminated in a black–tie wedding dinner staged at Frogmore House and hosted by Charles for 200 of the couple’s closest friends and family.


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