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Prince William gave a speech similar to the one his grandmother gave in 2011 last night, during the Cambridges’ Ireland tour.
- The Duke offered sympathy to those who had suffered in the centuries of conflict between Britain and Ireland during a keynote speech in Dublin
- William quoted his grandmother, the Queen, as he retraced her footsteps
- This follows royal news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a royal engagement close to their hearts yesterday
Last night, during the second day of his tour of Ireland with his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke spoke to the people of Dublin to address the ‘many wrongs’ and ‘troubles’ of Britain and Ireland’s past, just like the Queen did in her 2011 speech.
What did Prince William say?
The Duke said, ‘Growing up I remember seeing the troubles that took place, which affected so many people across the UK and Ireland.
‘This explains why one of the truly profound moments for Catherine and I took place yesterday when we laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance.’
Referencing his grandmother, he added, ‘It was a reminder of the complexity of our shared history.
‘And as my grandmother said during her visit in 2011, “our islands have experienced more than their fair share of heartache and turbulence”.’
Is the Queen abdicating?
The Queen has reportedly been seriously considering stepping down and handing over the reigns to other senior members of the Royal Family when she turns 95 in two years time.
Other recent supports suggest she might even abdicate sooner, after the controversy surrounding Prince Andrew and Meghan and Harry relocating to Canada.
The monarch has been allowing Prince William to take on more ‘high profile’ roles, fuelling further speculation she is thinking about stepping down.
She also recently gave her role as the patron of London-based charity Family Action, to the Duchess of Cambridge – a position she had held for 65 years.