The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a visit to the Guinness Storehouse as part of their trip to Ireland.
Prince William and his wife Kate are spending three days travelling around the country meeting various people and visiting famous landmarks.
The Guinness Storehouse was one of the first attractions they saw, and the Prince joked he was looking forward to testing the theory that a pint tastes even better in Ireland.
The Royals were hosted at the Storehouse by Britain’s Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett.
They enjoyed a drink at the Gravity Bar before Prince William addressed the crowd of sportspeople, television and film stars and members of the armed forces.
William opened his speech with a welcome in the Irish language – ‘dhaoine uaisle’ – which means – ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’.
He said: “Catherine and I are delighted to be here tonight and are both very grateful to Robin for his generous words.
“Ireland is a country that we have both heard so much about, so we are really excited to be here with you to see it first-hand for ourselves.
“In coming to the Guinness Storehouse, we are retracing the footsteps of my grandmother, who was shown how to pour the perfect pint here in 2011.
“Ladies and Gentlemen let me tell you it is not often that I find myself following the Queen to a pub. But I am looking forward to testing for myself the theory that Guinness tastes even better in Ireland than overseas.”
The Royals also met with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner and President Higgins and his wife.
The Duchess smiled graciously as President Higgins wife made a joke about the recent troubles faced by the British royal family.
As they shook hands, Sabina told Kate: “Delighted to welcome you. You’ve had lots of exciting things happening in your family.”
Prince William also made a joke about the coronavirus, suggesting he and his wife could be spreading the condition during their trip.
He joked to a paramedic: “I bet everyone’s like ‘I’ve got coronavirus, I’m dying’, and you’re like ‘no, you’ve just got a cough’.
“Does it seem quite dramatic about coronavirus at the moment? Is it being a little bit hyped up do you think in the media?”
“By the way, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spreading coronavirus, Sorry.
“We’re keeping an eye on that, so do tell us if we need to stop.”
Despite the jokes, the royal couple were happy to mingle and chat and didn’t refrain from shaking hands with people with their hosts and other guests.