Prince William gives major nod to Queen in Dublin speech amid fears monarch will step down - Express

Prince William gives major nod to Queen in Dublin speech amid fears monarch will step down - Express

5 March 2020

PRINCE William gave a major nod to the Queen as he retraced her steps in Ireland by giving a strikingly similar speech to the one she delivered in 2011.

Last night Prince William spoke to the people of Dublin to address the “many wrongs” of Britain and Ireland's “troubled past” just as the Queen did in her 2011 speech.

Queen Elizabeth II has reportedly been giving serious thought to stepping down and handing over the reigns to other senior members of the Royal Family when she turns 95 in two years time.

Fears her abdication from the thrown is imminent have been raised after news the monarch has been allowing Prince William to take on more "high profile" roles.

She recently gave her role as the patron of Family Action, to Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Family Action is a London-based charity which provides support for families in need and she has held the position for 65 years.

Prince William

Prince William adressed the “many wrongs” of Britain and Ireland's past as the Queen did in 2011 (Image: GETTY)

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II has reportedly been giving serious thought to stepping down (Image: GETTY)

Now, William has been seen retracing the footsteps of the ageing monarch as he concludes the second day of his Ireland visit.

Similar to how the Queen did in 2011, William highlighted reconciliation and offered sympathy to those who had suffered in the centuries of conflict between Britain and Ireland in a keynote address in Dublin.

The Duke has spoken about the Troubles and “many wrongs” of the two countries' “complex” shared history.

This took place at a reception hosted by Tánaiste Simon Coveney in Dublin last night.

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Prince William and Kate

William has been seen retracing the footsteps of the Queen as he concludes the second day of his Ireland visit (Image: GETTY)

William also took the opportunity to mention that changing relations between the UK and the EU will mean Britain and Ireland will have to work together to ensure a strong friendship between the two.

During his keynote speech, William 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.”

He was quick to remind the audience of his grandmother’s visit in 2011, making it clear he was following in her footsteps.

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Prince William and Kate

The event took place at a reception hosted by Tánaiste Simon Coveney in Dublin last night (Image: GETTY)

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The Prince even quoted the monarch in a sweet nod to the previous duties she has undertaken (Image: GETTY)

The Prince even quoted the monarch in a sweet nod to the previous duties she has undertaken to bring the nation closer together.

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'.

“But it was also a reminder of how far we have come.

“It is right that we continue to remember those who suffered as a consequence of our troubled past.

Royal Family tree

Royal Family tree (Image: EXPRESS)

“And whilst many wrongs have been done, it is important that we are not bound by these.”

Prince William and Kate are currently visiting Ireland to soothe post-Brexit relations between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Yesterday the couple attended a wreath laying ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance at Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, and Tánaiste Simon Coventry praised the move in a speech today.

Again he reminded royalists he was retracing the footsteps of the Queen, who is the worlds longest-reigning monarch.

Queen Elizabeth II Ireland visit in 2011

William was quick to remind the audience of his grandmother’s visit in 2011 (Image: GETTY)

He said: "When Queen Elizabeth came to Ireland nine years ago, her visit was characterised by a warmth of spirit; values of friendship and mutual respect; and a desire for understanding and reconciliation.”

He added: “She spoke then of the need to be able 'to bow to the past, and not be bound by it'.

“Your decision to walk in her footsteps yesterday in our Garden of Remembrance is profoundly important.

“In honouring the sacrifice of those who fought for Ireland's independence, you are signalling - from a new generation of the British Royal Family, to a new generation here in Ireland - that same spirit, those same values.”


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