Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 7 October 2015

Delighted friends enjoy a date with royal couple

by Laura Hyland

Published 10/03/2011

Four girls’ dreams came true after meeting royalty.

The sisters from Holywood and their friend from Lisburn got to shake the hands of Prince William and his future wife Kate Middleton at Belfast City Hall on Tuesday March 8.

The royal visit attracted people from all over Northern Ireland to the City Hall.

The girls explained how excited they felt to have met the future king and queen.

Grace Simpson, from Holywood, exclaimed: “It is a nice memory to have.

“William and Kate were kind enough to come over and talk to us. Kate is definitely a style icon, she looked amazing.”

The girls said they had taken the day off school in the hopes of seeing the couple. Holly Simpson said: “We were up at 7am to be here, it was a good day to take off school.”

The youngest sister Joy, who took her teddy bear along, said: “Kate came over and told me that she used to have the exact same teddy when she was younger. She shook my hand and the teddy's hand.

“It was a dream come true to meet a real princess.”

Cassie Marshall, from Bangor, was manning a Sunblest catering van and also met the royal couple.

“We are here to raise money for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.

“William and Kate flipped pancakes with the kids and they were chatting away, asking questions about the charity,” said Cassie.

“They were both very nice and down to earth, taking time to speak to members of the public.”

The women, who happened to be working in the grounds of City Hall, said: “The atmosphere was fantastic and we feel so privileged to have been a part of it.”

Belfast Lord Mayor Pat Convery said: “They are a young couple enjoying life and have had an enjoyable day.

“William and Kate were extremely friendly and informal.”

He continued: “William was very interested in the recent developments in the city, highlighting the Lyric theatre and the Titanic Signature Project.”

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