President of Ireland's dog, Bród, steals the spotlight during Royal visit
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President of Ireland's dog, Bród, steals the spotlight during Royal visit

BRITISH ROYALS William and Kate are in the middle of their trip to Ireland, having poured a pint at the Guinness Storehouse, explored Temple Bar and with a visit to a Galway GAA club still to come (seriously), but one of the trips' highlights has been their meeting with the President of Ireland.

Though not for the reason you might expect.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, at Áras an Uachtairán in Dublin's Phoenix Park, but the high-profile meeting was overshadowed by the presence of President Higgins' dog.

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The Bernese Mountain Dog, Bród ('Pride' in Irish), captured the hearts of every journalist and paparazzi present, and a number of videos show the presidential pup making his way over to the cameras in curiosity.

Despite William, Kate, Michael D and Sabina being present in the background, the cameras are focused on Bród, and several journalists can be heard 'aawww'-ing and whistling to grab the dog's attention.

Bród tends to be a staple of every presidential visit, and is usually accompanied by his sister Síoda-- who was unfortunately not present yesterday due to having a sore paw-- but Bród managed to handle things on his own.

The giant Bernese joined the party as they rang the peace bell...

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And gracefully accepted the rubs and pats that were lavished upon him by the visitors. (It's all in a day's work for him, of course.)

Bród is well used to visitors from overseas, whether they be royals, politicians or presidents, so he knew not to get under anyone's feet (Too much).

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Bród and Síoda are well-known across Ireland but now have a good number of overseas fans thanks to the Royal visit, and if you want to keep in touch, you're in luck-- they have their own (unofficial) Twitter page.