Prince William and Kate Middleton wish Ireland a Happy St. Patrick's Day with this thoughtful gesture

Prince William and Kate Middleton have sent St. Patrick's Day well wishes to Ireland in a surprising message

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 03: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a special reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland at Storehouse’s Gravity Bar on March 03, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are undertaking an official visit to Ireland between Tuesday 3rd March and Thursday 5th March, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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Prince William and Kate Middleton have sent their best wishes to Ireland in celebration of St Patrick’s Day, marking the occasion in a particularly special way. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise appearance in a short film to commemorate Ireland’s national holiday, in which they paid tribute to their neighboring country in its native language. 

Prince William opened the message with 'Beannachtai na Feile Padraig oraibh,' the Irish way of saying ‘Happy St. Patrick’s Day.” 

It directly translates to ‘St. Patrick’s Day Blessings’ and is pronounced “Ban-ukh-tee nah Fay-leh Paw-drig ur-iv.” The duke seemed slightly nervous during his delivery of the unfamiliar phrase, but managed to pull it off without any glitches. 

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Kate then joined in, offering the English equivalent for non-Irish speakers. 

"We're delighted to wish you all a very Happy St Patrick's Day,” she said. 

“How come you got that easy bit?” Prince William joked in response to her seamless line. 

The couple was styled accordingly for the day, with Kate wearing an emerald green jacket and William dressed in a forest green sweater. The duchess also accented her outfit with a shamrock necklace designed by Daniella Draper. 

They shared their memories of their tour around Ireland in March of last year, which included a visit to the Guinness Storehouse as well as the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. 

"We were so thrilled to be able to visit Ireland just over a year ago, a few short weeks before all of our lives were turned upside down by the pandemic," William said. 

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 03: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose during an Official Meeting with the Taoiseach of Ireland Leo Varadkar on March 03, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are undertaking an official visit to Ireland between Tuesday 3rd March and Thursday 5th March, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Prince William and Kate Middleton on their tour of Ireland in March 2020

(Image credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty)

"The warm welcome that we received everywhere was a testament to the friendship between our two countries and the strength of the relationship between the UK and Ireland," Kate recalled. Relations between the two nations have changed drastically in recent decades, with the Queen's visit to Ireland in 2011 marking a historic shift towards a more amicable dynamic. 

"We know that for Irish people all around the world today won't be the same as normal, but we hope that you can celebrate safely in any case," William said, in reference to the cancellation of the widespread festivities that normally take place on St. Patrick's Day in Ireland and the rest of the world. 

"Happy St Patrick's Day," the couple said in unison before signing off.