The Irish government compiled messages from leaders around the world for 2021 St. Patrick's Day! Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton kicked off the international good wishes with silly banter.
Prince William and Duchess Kate's St. Patrick's Day Message
The Irish Foreign Ministry posted their international message to YouTube and Prince William and Duchess Kate shared their portion on Instagram. First United State President Joe Biden wished viewers a great St. Patrick's Day while wearing a shamrock-covered green tie.
Then after Joe, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave their wishes. Prince William struggled to speak in Irish saying, "Beannachtai na Feile Padraig oraibh." Kate smoothly said, "We're delighted to wish you all a very Happy St. Patrick's Day!"
Cheeky Prince William questioned his beautiful wife, "How come you got that easy bit?" He explained, "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."
Duchess Kate reminisced about their last trip to the great country, "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."
Acknowledging the Irish tradition William ended their message with, "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's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II also sent a message to Irish President Michael D. Higgins saying, "On the occasion of your National Day, I would like to convey to Your Excellency my congratulations, together with my best wishes to the people of Ireland. This year marks ten years since my visit to Ireland, which I remember fondly, and it marks a significant centenary across these islands."
Hello! reported Her Majesty's statement, "We share ties of family, friendship and affection – the foundation of our partnership that remains as important today as ten years ago. Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona daoibh go léi. Elizabeth R."
Watch the full St. Patrick's Day video here: