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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a garden party at Hillsborough Castle

Published 14/06/2016

©Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge hold hands, Guests of Honour are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland.
Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
©Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge hold hands, Guests of Honour are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
©Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
©Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived to a Co Down bathed in sunshine for a royal garden party at Hillsborough Castle.

They met a host of dignitaries, including First Minister Arlene Foster, on the steps of the historic building for the playing of the national anthem.

The couple then made their way to the gardens where they chatted with guests.

Catherine wore a coat by Day Birger et Mikkelsen and a hat by Lock & Co.

She also wore a brooch presented to her as a wedding gift from the Irish Guards.

The region's secretary of state has hosted the garden party event annually since 1984.

Around 2,500 guests were invited by Theresa Villiers this year, with attendees drawn from a wide cross-section of Northern Ireland society, including the voluntary and community sectors, local charities and youth organisations.

A 63-piece Ulster Orchestra started proceedings off with a bang by playing arrangements from local composers Howard Ferguson and Hamilton Harty when the royal couple appeared in the castle gardens.

Those hoping for a first visit to Northern Ireland by Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be left disappointed as the children are staying at home on this occasion.

The latest royal visit comes following a weekend of celebrations for the Queen's 90th birthday.

Prince William paid tribute to his grandmother during a street party in The Mall as someone "we all look up to in good times and in challenging moments to set an example".

Royal watchers will be hoping today's engagement is as memorable as the last time William and Kate visited Northern Ireland in 2011 when they arrived as part of a UK tour ahead of their marriage.

On that occasion Kate wowed crowds at the City Hall in Belfast when she flipped pancakes to mark Shrove Tuesday.

The couple also accepted a framed photograph of City Hall and a book on the building's architectural history.

The Duchess of Cambridge plants a tree as she attends the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers' Garden Party at the royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 14, 2016. The region's secretary of state has hosted the event annually since 1984. See PA story ROYAL Ulster. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge plants a tree as she attends the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers' Garden Party at the royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 14, 2016. The region's secretary of state has hosted the event annually since 1984. See PA story ROYAL Ulster. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge plant a tree as they attend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers' Garden Party at the royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 14, 2016. The region's secretary of state has hosted the event annually since 1984. See PA story ROYAL Ulster. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Hillsborough Castle Garden Party. 14/06/16 The Duchess of Cambridge chats with some of the crowd attending. Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography
Duke of Cambridge chats to the First Minister Arlene Foster at the Royal Garden Party at Hillsborough Castle. Photo by Aaron McCracken/HarrisonsHarrisons
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Hillsborough Castle Garden Party. 14/06/16 The Duchess of Cambridge chats with some of the crowd attending. Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography
Duke of Cambridge chats to guests at the Royal Garden Party at Hillsborough Castle. Photo by Aaron McCracken/HarrisonsHarrisons
Duke of Cambridge chats to members of teh Ulster Orchestra at the Royal Garden Party at Hillsborough Castle. Photo by Aaron McCracken/HarrisonsHarrisons
Duke of Cambridge chats to Justice Minister Claire Sugden at the Royal Garden Party at Hillsborough Castle. Photo by Aaron McCracken/HarrisonsHarrisons

Earlier this year the Duchess was criticised for putting time with her children before a 115-year-old tradition of presenting St Patrick's Day shamrock to the Irish Guards.

One of William and Kate's official titles is Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus - but William and Kate have yet to set foot in the Co Antrim town together and will not do so during today's visit either.

However, rumours are rife the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make their first appearance at Royal Ascot later this week.

Duchess of Cambridge at the annual garden party in Hillsborough Castle yesterday
Duchess of Cambridge at the annual garden party in Hillsborough Castle yesterday
Duchess of Cambridge at the annual garden party in Hillsborough Castle yesterday
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
The Duchess of Cambridge speaks to guests as she attends the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers' Garden Party at the royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 14, 2016. The region's secretary of state has hosted the event annually since 1984. See PA story ROYAL Ulster. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-06-2016: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit as a married couple to Northern Ireland today. Prince William and his wife Catherine pictured attending the annual garden party at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
©Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
©Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge hold hands, Guests of Honour are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
©Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour and the Secretary of State are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
©Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2016 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Guests of Honour are pictured at the Annual Garden Party in Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Duchess of Cambridge at the annual garden party in Hillsborough Castle yesterday
Duchess of Cambridge at the annual garden party in Hillsborough Castle yesterday

William Hill bookmakers have even suspended betting on the couple making an appearance at the meeting.

Jon Ivan-Duke, a spokesman for the bookmakers, said: "We were offering odds of 2-1 that the Duchess would be in the Queen's carriage this week - this now looks a certainty. The question now is will Prince George be going too."

The firm is offering odds of 10-1 that William and Kate's toddler son will join them at the famous Berkshire racecourse.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to make their second visit to Northern Ireland this week.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to make their second visit to Northern Ireland this week.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, in a photograph taken late October 2015 at their London home (Kensington Palace/PA)
Prince William, with wife Kate, in Irish Guards uniform for the Trooping The Colour ceremony
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge depart after attending the annual Order of the Garter Service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry
Prince Harry (left) and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. Alpha Press/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are launching the Heads Together mental health campaign (The Royal Foundation/PA)
George talks to his mum while sitting on his rocking horse in Kensington Palace
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Princess Charlotte and Princess George, enjoy a short private break skiing in the French Alps
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they arrived at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Norfolk.

The Royal Family - especially the colour of the Queen's hat - are usually the basis for novelty bets during the five-day racing event.

William Hill have made blue the 2-1 favourite for the colour of the Queen's hat on the opening day.

Mr Ivan-Duke added: "We have had our first gamble on the Queen's hat today with almost 85% of bets for blue. We think the gamble is based on the chilly weather forecast when blue would perhaps be more appropriate than yellow."

Known for its strict dress code in the Royal Enclosure, Royal Ascot is one of the highlights of the racing and social calendar.

Each year around 300,000 racegoers descend on the racecourse and drink their way through 51,000 bottles of champagne, eat 5,000 kilos of salmon, 2,900 lobsters, 7,000 punnets of berries and bet thousands of pounds on the horses.

The Queen is a passionate horse owner and breeder and has watched more than 20 of her thoroughbreds triumph at Royal Ascot.

Her thoroughbred Estimate won the Gold Cup in 2013, when the monarch could not contain her delight as it romped home.

William and Kate visit Northern Ireland...Prince William flips a pancake during a Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children event outside Belfast City Hall, during his and Kate Middleton's visit to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 08, 2011. A small crowd gathered in the bright sunshine inside the grounds of City Hall in the hope of a walkabout after police sealed off streets and diverted traffic as part of a huge security operation for the couple's first visit to Northern Ireland. See PA story ULSTER Royal. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire ...A
William and Kate visit Northern Ireland...Prince William flips a pancake during a Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children event outside Belfast City Hall, during his and Kate Middleton's visit to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 08, 2011. A small crowd gathered in the bright sunshine inside the grounds of City Hall in the hope of a walkabout after police sealed off streets and diverted traffic as part of a huge security operation for the couple's first visit to Northern Ireland. See PA story ULSTER Royal. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire ...A
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William and Kate visit Northern Ireland...Prince William and Kate Middleton, with The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Patrick McConvery (centre), in Belfast City Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 8, 2011. See PA story ULSTER Royal. Photo credit should read: Simon Graham/Harrison Photograph/PA Wire ...A
William and Kate visit Northern Ireland...Prince William looks on as Kate Middleton flips a pancake at a display by the charity Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children outside Belfast City Hall during their visit to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 08, 2011. A small crowd gathered in the bright sunshine inside the grounds of City Hall in the hope of a walkabout after police sealed off streets and diverted traffic as part of a huge security operation for the couple's first visit to Northern Ireland. See PA story ULSTER Royal. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire ...A
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Prince William And Kate Middleton Visit Northern Ireland...BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08: Prince William judges a tug-of -war as Kate Middleton looks on in the rain as she visits Greenmount Agricultural College on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the country that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)...E
William and Kate visit Northern Ireland...Kate Middleton meets members of the public who gathered outside City Hall Belfast today during a visit to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 08, 2011. A small crowd gathered in the bright sunshine inside the grounds of City Hall in the hope of a walkabout after police sealed off streets and diverted traffic as part of a huge security operation for the couple's first visit to Northern Ireland. See PA story ULSTER Royal. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire ...A
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William and Kate visit Northern Ireland...Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at Hillsborough Castle, Belfast during a visit to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 8, 2011. See PA story ULSTER Royal. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire ...A
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William and Kate visit Northern Ireland...Harrisons Photography handout photo of Prince William and Kate Middleton during a visit to Greenmount Agriculture College in Co. Antrim on the couple's first visit to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday March 8, 2011. See PA story ULSTER Royal. Photo credit should read: MT Hurson/Harrisons Photography/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. ...A
William and Kate visit Northern Ireland...Prince William and Kate Middleton outside Belfast City Hall, during their visit to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 08, 2011. A small crowd gathered in the bright sunshine inside the grounds of City Hall in the hope of a walkabout after police sealed off streets and diverted traffic as part of a huge security operation for the couple's first visit to Northern Ireland. See PA story ULSTER Royal. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire ...A
William and Kate visit Northern Ireland...Kate Middleton meets members of the public outside the Youth Action Northern Ireland centre in Belfast which she visited with Price William. The couple watched a short play and met some of the crowds outside the centre during their one day visit to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 08, 2011. See PA story ULSTER Royal. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire ...A
William and Kate visit Northern Ireland...Prince William waves to well wishers outside Belfast City Hall during a visit to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 8, 2011. A small crowd gathered in the bright sunshine inside the grounds of City Hall in the hope of a walkabout after police sealed off streets and diverted traffic as part of a huge security operation for the couple's first visit to Northern Ireland. See PA story ULSTER Royal. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire ...A
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William and Kate visit Northern Ireland...Prince William and Kate Middleton join hands to try flipping a pancake in the grounds of City Hall Belfast today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 8, 2011. See PA story ULSTER Royal. Photo credit should read: Simon Graham/Harrison Photograph/PA Wire ...A
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PACEMAKER PRESS INTL: 8/3/11 HRH Prince William and his Fiancee Kate Middleton arrive at George Best Belfast City Airport this morning at the start of their one day visit to Northern Ireland. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 8-3-2011 Picture by Cliff Donaldson Kate Middleton and Prince William enjoying the Youth Action Group in College Square North in Belfast on their joint visit to Northern Ireland today.
William and Kate on a previous visit to Northern Ireland

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