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Duke And Duchess Of Sussex Ring The Peace Bell In Ireland During First Overseas Trip

Date July 12, 2018 10:25

Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in Dublin for a two-day trip. It's the first time the couple travels outside the country since their wedding in May 2018, and their Irish fans are very excited to have them over.

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In addition to having official meetings with President Michael D. Higgins and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the Duke had a chance to ring the Peace Bell at Áras an Uachtaráin. The bell dates back to the early 19th century and hangs on oak trunks, provided by Co. Antrim and Co. Dublin.

In May 2008, it's been unveiled by President Mary McAleese to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement. The historic agreements, signed on April 10, 1998, brought to an end major political unrest between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

A separate document between the British Government and the Irish Government was also signed on that same day. By the act of ringing the bell, the Duke and Duchess have again restated the commitment of the British Government to honor the peace accord.

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Meanwhile, fans of the couple are happy to see them out and about, especially as the buzz from the royal wedding continues to die down.

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In addition, the couple will have the opportunity to mingle with some of the royals. Observers expect the visit of the royals will boost interest in Ireland, encouraging tourism in the near future.

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