Confirmed: Opera House will turn green on March 17
Irish tourism chiefs have written a letter to the Queen's private secretary in an effort to see Buckingham Palace turn green for St Patrick's Day.
The move comes following conformation from New South Wales, that after seeing red for Chinese New Year, Sydney Opera House will be illuminated green for Paddies Day celebrations.
The Irish Echo reports that Tourism Ireland has asked their closest neighbour if it will concider being part of the world-wide 'greening' in a gesture that would signal another milestone in relations across the Irish Sea.
Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, Neil Gibbons said: “I have written to the private secretary to the Queen, but we haven’t had a reply yet".
“We wrote a couple of months ago, but it is a dialogue that is in progress. I wouldn’t be putting any pressure on people,” he added.
Other famous buildings that will share in the celebrations will include New Zealand’s Sky Tower, Vienna’s Burg Theatre and the Prince’s Palace in Monaco.
A wider list expected to also take part include many international attractions such as Niagara Falls, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Burj al Arab in Dubai, Table Mountain in South Africa, New York’s Empire State Building and Berlin’s TV Tower.
Mr Gibbons said they were still awaiting a response from Buckingham Palace.
To help their case, the tourism agency is expected to unveil details in the coming weeks about the previously unknown Irish roots of the Duchess of Cambridge.
“We have actually traced Kate Middleton’s Irish ancestry back as well. We have a report on it,” said Mr Gibbons.
“We have an authenticated connection, with all the certificates and everything.”