St. Patrick's Day came early for Kate Middleton, who wore a $2,000 sparkling emerald gown to drink a pint of Guinness in Dublin

  • Kate Middleton paid an early tribute to St. Patrick's Day in a shimmering emerald green dress while sipping Guinness in Dublin on Tuesday.
  • The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a $2,000 dress by The Vampire's Wife, which marked the first night of her and Prince William's three-day tour of the country.
  • Prince William and Middleton attended a reception at the Guinness Storehouse after meeting with the President of Ireland.
  • At the event, William joked that he and Middleton were "spreading coronavirus."
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The Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in Ireland's national color for a night out in Dublin with Prince William on Tuesday. 

Kate Middleton's £1,595 ($2,000) shimmering dress by The Vampire's Wife was an ideal choice for the first night of the pair's three-day tour. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Guinness Storehouse.
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It was the duchess' second designer outfit of the day. Earlier, she wore an Alessandra Rich dress and matching Catherine Walker coat for a visit with the President of Ireland, Michael Higgins, and his wife Sabina Higgins.

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Hello Ireland! ???? Dia Daoibh, daoine na hÉireann! Thank you President and Mrs Higgins (and Bród the dog ?) for the warm welcome for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the country, which will see them spend time in Dublin, County Meath, County Kildare and Galway – and highlight the many strong links shared between the UK and Ireland. Following tea with President and Mrs Higgins, The Duke and Duchess laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance – a place of reflection dedicated to those who gave their lives for Irish independence, before calling on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The coming days will see The Duke and Duchess meet a broad range of people, including children and young people, those working in the creative arts, business and charity sectors – and are looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the Irish people. #RoyalVisitIreland

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Both outfits paid an early tribute to St. Patrick's Day, which falls on March 17.

Last year, she honored the occasion in a $4,000 green Alexander McQueen coat when she paid a visit to the Irish Guards in London, where she and William also enjoyed some Guinness.

William and Middleton celebrated St. Patrick's Day in 2019.
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However, Middleton may have also drawn inspiration from another royal for this year's outfit.

William's cousin, Princess Beatrice, wore a similar style by the same designer to Ellie Goulding's wedding last year.

Princess Beatrice.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception at the Guinness Storehouse, where they even sampled the drink themselves.

At the event, William joked that he and Middleton were "spreading coronavirus" during their visit.

William and Middleton aren't the first royals to visit the Guinness Storehouse.

The monarch actually visited back in 2011, and William joked that "it is not often that I find myself following the Queen to a pub."

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