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Royal reprieve from homework denied

An appeal for a royal reprieve from homework for the year eight pupils at Lagan College has been declined by Prince Edward.

The cheeky appeal was submitted by pupil Michael Hare during the Prince’s one day visit to Belfast when he also visited the school.

During a presentation, Michael Hare asked the prince to sign a royal pardon which would have "pardoned all year eight pupils from any homework not done,” and though he said the prince studied the document with mirth, he didn't sign it.

Speaking to BBC's Radio Ulster, Michael said he got the idea from history lessons. "In history we're learning about the Normans coming to Ireland and I think it's Strongbow who gets a royal pardon from the king and that gave me the idea," he said, adding his class egged him on, giving him the courage to attempt the prank.

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