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Royal couple visit Belfast

Britain’s Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton visited Belfast on Tuesday for a one-day visit, under the watchful eye of armed police on the surrounding rooftops.

Friday 11 March 2011, 05:21AM


Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Britain’s Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton visited Belfast on Tuesday for a one-day visit, under the watchful eye of armed police on the surrounding rooftops.

It was the couple’s first official visit to Northern Ireland, and they were greeted enthusiastically by a small crowd who had gathered in the grounds of City Hall for a glimpse of the royal pair.

Entering into the spirit of day, William and Kate flipped pancakes on their arrival in Belfast before heading off for a busy day of engagements.

The pair pitched in with young farmers at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise at Greenmount, County Antrim, helping to hammer in a fence post before judging a tug-of-war competition.

Security was tight for the visit amid continuing sporadic unrest in the British province, which was plagued by three decades of sectarian conflict.

Police sealed off streets in Belfast and diverted traffic following the arrival of the couple at the George Best City Airport.

William, 28, the second-in-line to the throne, and Kate, 29, will be married at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29.

Prince William also announced this week he will visit earthquake struck Christchurch in New Zealand.

He will arrive in Christchurch on March 17 and attend a national memorial the next day for those killed in the February 22 quake. – AFP

 

 

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