Meghan wears green Givenchy outfit as she and Harry land in Dublin

A smiling Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Dublin City Airport for the start of their visit to Dublin, Ireland, at the request of the UK government 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are greeted by the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar (right), at Government Buildings during after landing in Ireland this afternoon

The Duchess of Sussex descends the stairs of the private jet that carried her and Harry to Dublin as part of their two-day trip to Ireland 

Meghan Duchess of Sussex  shares a laugh with the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, right, at government buildings in Dublin 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Dublin City Airport for the start of their visit to Dublin, Ireland 

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It's been a busy day for The Duchess of Sussex!

First she joined the rest of the royal family to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force and now she's touched down in Dublin on her first overseas tour with her husband Prince Harry!

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  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sign the visitor book watched by Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar (right) at Government Buildings during their visit to Dublin

    They were then taken to Mr Varadkar’s private offices where they were introduced to a number of employees including 18-year-old intern Tabitha Owen, from London, who is on a short summer secondment before starting a PPE degree at Oxford in September.

    ‘You’re really busy?,’ asked Harry. ‘What time do you normally knock off? Not until very late? Ah!’ Referencing the student’s connection to the UK, Mr Varadkar told the couple his ‘big sister’ worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital.


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    Dressed in an emerald green Givenchy dress, Meghan seemed more au fait with the agenda than her husband, reminding him that now it was: ‘Time to sign the visitors’ book.’ After briefly discussing who should sign first Harry picked up the fountain pen.

    Signing simply ‘Harry’, the Duke joked: ‘I never sign big enough.’ Then when Meghan – a former calligrapher – signed her name with a flourish, he added: ‘Your’s is much nicer than mine.’

    Sitting down for private talks with Mr Varadkar, the Taoiseach asked whether the couple would have any private time during their whistlestop tour of Dublin. 

    ‘It’s just business really.’

    Earlier Mr Varadkar said the Royal visit – the first official overseas trip undertaken by the couple since their Windsor wedding last May – was very significant and underlined the importance of Anglo-Irish relations.

    The Duchess of Sussex is pictured in the car that picked her up from Dublin City Airport at the start of the two-day royal visit to Ireland 


    A smiling Harry was the first to step off the jet followed by Meghan in an appropriately forest green Givenchy outfit at the Dublin airport this afternoon following RAF celebrations in London

    Prince Harry waves at admirers as he and his wife begin their first official visit abroad as a married couple with a two-day visit to Ireland 

    ‘I am really looking forward to Prince Harry and Meghan (Markle) coming to Dublin and I think they are going to be made very welcome,’ the Taoiseach said.

    ‘It is the first visit they will have made overseas since they got married and even though they haven’t officially visited Ireland before, I think they are going to be extremely welcome and I look forward to welcoming them.’

    The last time Markle travelled to Ireland in 2013, the actress visited the Guinness Storehouse where she learned to pour a pint of Guinness in front of the press.

    The royal visit follows on from Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s trip to Cork and Kerry last month.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived in Dublin on their first foreign tour as a married couple as the government looks to use the Royal’s ‘soft power’ to bolster a post-Brexit relationship.

    The royal couple will learn about the history and culture of Ireland, including the famine which drove millions to emigrate across the world 

    Amy Pickerill, private secretary to the Duchess of Sussex, arrives with the Royal couple at Dublin Airport as they begin their tour of the republic 

    The newly-weds flew in from London by private jet after attending events to mark the centenary of the RAF at Buckingham Palace.

    Aides said the couple had been officially approved to charter a plane rather than take a regular scheduled flight. The couple have an entourage of eleven with them including a hairdresser and a personal assistant, which are being paid for privately according to Kensington Palace.

    A smiling Harry was the first to step off the jet followed by Meghan in an appropriately forest green outfit by Givenchy, the same designer behind her wedding dress.

    Harry and Meghan’s first visit abroad on behalf of the UK Government will see them take in a Gaelic sports festival at Croke Park, attend a summer garden party at the British ambassador’s Residence and visit Trinity College during ten engagements over 24 hours in the Irish capital.

    Meghan supports Scottish brand Strathberry in Dublin 

    Meghan carried a £495 midi-tote in burgundy, navy and vanilla by the small Scottish brand Strathberry for her first official engagement as Harry’s bride-to-be back in November. 

    And the stylish bag was later revealed to have sold out in just 11 minutes according to the label, launched in 2013. 

    When Meghan opted for a bottle green Strathberry East/ West mini for her first official visit to Scotland in February – within minutes it was listed as out of stock on the retailer’s website.

    Today she showed her support for the brand yet again in Dublin, carrying its Midi Tote in tan leather, costing £475.   

    Strathberry was founded by couple Guy and Leeanne Hundleby who left their jobs in finance to establish the brand. 

    The Hundlebys previously revealed sales overall have sky-rocketed by 40 per cent since it emerged that the former actress is a fan. 

    Meghan sparked a sales frenzy when she sported the Strathberry Midi Tote in burgundy, navy and vanilla for her first official engagement with Harry in Nottingham in December 2017

    Meghan gave the brand another boost when she wore its green Strathberry East/ West mini for her first official visit to Scotland in February

    The Duchess carried a tan version of the £475 Strathberry Midi Tote as she met with Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at government buildings 

    The trip has been designed to promote good diplomatic relations with Ireland, with Brexit sure to be high on their agenda. 

    It is the latest in a series of foreign trips the royal family have made to European Union member states in the wake of Britain’s impending exit from the bloc.

    The ‘soft diplomacy’ the monarchy employs is used to renew and strengthen relationships with countries even as Britain breaks away from the EU.

    Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar are formally welcoming the couple  who will enjoy a summer garden party at Glencairn, the official residence of Britain’s Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett.

    Prince Harry will speak at the event, where guests will include people from across Ireland’s arts, sports, military and social enterprise sectors.

    The couple’s entourage includes Harry and Megan’s private secretary, Ed Lane Fox, their assistant private secretary, Amy Pickerill, and the prince’s special advisor on foreign issues, Sir David Manning.

    It also includes their communications secretary Jason Knauf, a further three press officers including their own social media PR, a programme co-ordinator, a PA, an orderly and a hairdresser, who is being paid for privately. 

    The trip to Dublin is not the first time the couple have been away since their May 19 wedding. They slipped away unnoticed for their honeymoon and the destination for the traditional break has remained under wraps for now.

    Over the coming days the couple will meet the people of Dublin and will visit organisations which are central to Irish life.

    They will attend a Gaelic sports festival at Croke Park, the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association, to watch youngsters taking part in sporting activities.

    Meghan and Harry will also learn about Ireland’s culture and heritage, including a visit to Trinity College where they will see the Book of Kells, one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures.

    The duke and duchess will also have a moment for reflection at the Famine Memorial, before visiting EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum, telling the story of the 10 million Irish who have emigrated across the world.

    The royal couple will also learn more about the bright future of Ireland during their time in Dublin, with a visit to DogPatch Labs, a co-working space for technology start-ups.

    Harry and Meghan will meet children and young people taking part in free coding workshops, and will also have the opportunity to talk to female tech entrepreneurs.

    A new hairdo for Dublin! Meghan unveils a twist on her go-to style as she arrives in Ireland with a side bun and centre parting

    By SIOFRA BRENNAN FOR MAILONLINE 

    She’s recently abandoned her beloved messy bun in favour of a more sleek and formal updo, and today the Duchess of Sussex debuted a new twist on the look.

    Stepping off the place in Dublin for her first official overseas visit with Harry, Meghan showed off a neat side bun with a side parting.

    It was a departure from the more severe style she’s worn on several occasions, with hair swept to the back of her head with her hair parted down the middle.


    The Duchess wore her hair in a neat updo with a side parting, lending a less severe look to the formal style. She wore her hair in swept back bun with a centre parting to a reception at Marlborough House in London last week 

    Celebrity hairdresser James Johnson told Femail: ‘The changing of a parting can alter your whole style, instantly.

    ‘By keeping the side bun low and opposite, she’s kept the symmetry in her look. This helps keep the over-style elegant, yet with a slight twist, making the hair a focal point.

    ‘By keeping the hair balanced Meghans created a formal, more structured style, ideal for any royal appearance.

    ‘Switching up the parting can create more dimension for any look, perfect for a plain outfit like Meghan has on here, giving the whole look more personality.


     She ditched the messy bun she used to favour, seen here on a visit to Northern Ireland in March (left). But Meghan did mix things up today with a side parting and side bun 

    The Duchess also showed off her prowess at literal dressing, wearing a top and pencil skirt by Givenchy in forest green, in a nod to the colour closely associated with the Emerald Isle.

    And she carried a £475 tan tote bag by Strathberry, the small Scottish brand whose designs Meghan has previously caused to sell out.

    This engagement is likely to be of particular interest to the Duchess, who has been outspoken on the topic of female empowerment.

    It’s been a busy time for the newlyweds who kicked off the week by attending Prince Louis’ christening at St James’s Palace on Monday.

    Earlier today, they joined fellow members of the royal family for service to mark 100 years of the RAF at Westminster Abbey, followed by a flypast at Buckingham Palace.

    Finding her royal feet! Meghan puts on a confident display on the Buckingham Palace balcony one month after her nervous debut at Trooping the Colour

    She’s less than two months into her role as the Duchess of Sussex, but today Meghan Markle proved she’s finding her feet during celebrations for the RAF Centenary.

    The former Suits star looked poised and confident as she joined the royal family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for the flypast, which saw the largest concentration of military aircraft in recent memory form in the skies above London to commemorate the milestone.

    The Queen, 92, looked up in wonder at the aeronautical display, which celebrated the history of the RAF and featured the return of Second World War aircraft including the Spitfires and Lancaster bombers, and followed a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey earlier today.

    The Duchess of Sussex showed off her new confidence today as she stood in pride of place alongside the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the RAF centenary celebrations 

    The former Suits star seemed nervous during her Buckingham Palace debut at Trooping the Colour exactly a month ago 

    Meghan looked at ease as she smiled warmly at her new husband Prince Harry 

    Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, three, were allowed to watch the spectacle from a window of the palace

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who yesterday christened their son Louis, appeared in excellent spirits on the balcony

    She was joined on the balcony by her sons, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew, the Duchess of Cornwall and the ‘Fab Four’: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

    But tellingly, it was the Duchess stood in pride of place alongside Her Majesty who is these days usually flanked by one of her sons in the absence of the Duke of Edinburgh.

    It was a sharp contrast with Meghan’s balcony debut at Trooping the Colour exactly one month ago on 10th June, when the retired actress was seen looking to her husband for reassurance and nervously fidgeted with her hair.

    And she did her best to blend into the background, standing behind the Duchess of Cambridge and sticking close to Harry’s side.

    The Duchess stood behind the Queen during celebrations for Trooping the Colour 

    Meghan seemed to experiencing some  jitters during her Buckingham Palace debut at Trooping the Colour 

    Left to right: Prince Charles, Prince Andrew (behind), the Duchess of Cornwall, the Queen, the Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace


    Royally rushed off their feet! This afternoon, Harry and Meghan will join royals at a Buckingham Palace reception to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force. Their Royal Highnesses will meet RAF servicemen and women

    Prince William, 36, right, shared a joke with his new sister-in-law the Duchess of Sussex, left, as they stood on the balcony

    The Queen appeared to be taking a close interest in the aircraft flying overhead, leaning in to discuss the sights with the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, left. Meanwhile the Duchess of Sussex shared her views with her husband, centre

    Prince William appeared to tell a joke that had the whole Royal Family in stitches as they prepared for the fly-past

    Senior royals took their lead from the Queen, centre, as she took in the action in the skies above Buckingham Palace

    The Duchess of Sussex placed a reassuring hand on Harry’s back as they left the balcony following the fly-past

    At the time , a lip-reading expert claimed to Mirror Online that Harry asked his wife if she was OK during a private exchange between the newlyweds, to which she anxiously responded: ‘Yeah’.

    A short while later, Meghan appeared to admit she was feeling ‘nervous’ as she made her balcony debut in front of huge crowds who had gathered on The Mall to catch a glimpse of the royals. 

    Moments later, referring to the Red Arrows display, the prince signalled to Meghan that she needed to look up during the fly past.  

    ‘Then there’s the flypast and then we all look up to the sky,’ he said.  

    After the fly-past the Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined royals at a reception in Buckingham Palace to mark the centenary

    The Duke of Cambridge speaks to Jock Heatherill, 95, wing commander of 158th squadron, at the reception

    Red, white and blue smoke streamed from the tails of the Red Arrows as they performed as part of the fly-past on Tuesday

    A Second World War Lancaster bomber and Spitfires fly in formation above the crowds gathered in central London

    The helicopters looked incredible as they flew in formation above the tens of thousands of people who gathered on the street

    During today’s flypast, some 100 jets, helicopters and aeroplanes roared over central London, much to the delight of the thousands who gathered to watch the spectacle from below. Police estimate between 65,000 and 70,000 people lined the streets.

    The royals looked to the skies as aircraft roared overhead, including the RAF’s new cutting-edge stealth fighter F-35 jets, in what was their first ever public appearance.

    The display also featured helicopters including the Puma, Chinook, Juno and Jupiter.

    Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, three, were not on the balcony but could be seen watching the spectacle from a palace window. 

    The Queen, dressed in blue in a nod to the RAF, applauded as the fly-past roared over Buckingham Palace

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      Meghan spent time chatting to Harry, left, and the Queen, right, with whom she enjoys a close relationship

      Thousands of people packed the Mall to witness the incredible spectacle, while a further 2,200 people packed Westminster Abbey for the service

       The young royals could be seen leaning on the windowsill as they took a closer look at what was happening outside

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      The Queen beamed with delight and the Royal Family looked enthralled as they took in the action in the skies

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        ‘It brought tears to my eyes to see those planes go through the sky. I’m so pleased we’re still able to put that many planes in the air,’ he said after watching from The Mall.

        The crowd in The Mall watched agog as first the helicopters, then the light aircraft, the transport planes and finally the Red Arrows flew over.

        Groups of school children stood open mouthed while visitors munched happily on their picnics and Champagne corks popped.

        After the red, white and blue Red Arrows display, the crowd erupted into applause as the Queen looked on from the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

        Prior to the fly-past, the royals watched as the Queen and Prince Charles presented a new Queen’s Colour to the RAF in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

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          The royals tilted their heads even higher as the incredible aeronautical display flew directly overhead

          The Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge both flashed dazzling smiles as they turned their heads to the sky

          The Royal Family looked resplendent on the balcony of the palace as 100 aircraft took to sky above the city

          The Queen leaned in to apparently speak to the Duchess of Sussex as they took in the fly-past on Tuesday

          The ‘Fab Four’ of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge squinted into the skies

          The Duchess of Cornwall, left, pointed out a point of interest to her mother-in-law the Queen during the fly-past

          The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were clearly in good spirits as they enjoyed the stunning fly-past

          The monarch also made a brief speech praising the ‘tenacity, skill and gallantry’ of the RAF.

          She said: ‘Presenting the Royal Air Force with a New Queen’s Colour provides an opportunity to congratulate the Service for your remarkable contribution to Defence over the last hundred years.

          ‘Tenacity, skill and gallantry have been your hallmarks, as you have helped to safeguard freedom and security in many parts of the world. I remember the Battle of Britain being fought in the skies above us, and we shall never forget the courage and sacrifice of that time.

          ‘In 1918, my father, King George VI, served alongside one of the Service’s founders, Lord Trenchard, before becoming the first of my family to qualify as a Royal Air Force pilot. That family tradition continues to this day: The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge have all earned their Wings, and wear them with great pride.

          ‘The Royal Air Force has won a place in the heart of our Nation, and I wish All Ranks, past and present, together with your families, every good fortune for your second century of service.’

          The Duchess of Sussex donned a black fit-and-flare dress for the occasion, one of her most high-profile as a royal

          Prince Charles, who attended the event in military uniform, looked in excellent spirits as he spoke to guests

          Prince Charles holds court as he speaks to young members of the Royal Air Force at a Buckingham Palace reception 

          The Duchess of Cornwall, 70, sipped on what appeared to be a glass of wine as she mingled with guests at the reception 

          Prince William looked delighted as he spoke to 95-year-old Jock Heatherill, wing commander of 158th squadron, Halifax’s

          The Duchess of Sussex charmed guests as she joined her new husband Prince Harry at the reception

          The Duchess of Sussex charmed guests as she joined her new husband Prince Harry at the reception

          The Duke and Duchess of Sussex looked lovingly into each other’s eyes as they attended the reception

          The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared in excellent spirits throughout the engagement and could be seen sharing a light-hearted moment together.

          Today also saw several moments where Prince William, 36, was seen joking with his sister-in-law the Duchess of Sussex, reflecting the close bond between the pair.

          Earlier the family attended a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, a day after attending Prince Louis’ christening, at St James’s Palace, attended by Harry, Meghan, Charles, Camilla and the Middletons.

          But the Queen and Prince Philip were not there because of a busy week for the 92-year-old monarch, including Trump’s three-day visit to the UK from Thursday

           

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