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Prince visits Hillsborough Castle

Prince William had his usual coterie of female admirers as he visited Hillsborough Castle with bride-to-be Kate Middleton.

Dozens of people, many waving Union Flags, gathered outside the Georgian house in the chill March air to meet the couple.

Strolling from the grandeur of the 18th century mansion following a meeting with Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson, the relaxed-looking prince fielded compliments from the mainly middle-aged group of housewives with humour with Miss Middleton behind him.

He said: "She is the glamorous one."

In response to one admirer he jested: "You say all the right things... can I have your telephone number please?", to which the woman replied: "Yes!"

Relatives of members of the armed forces were among those greeting the air force pilot.

One elderly member of the crowd said he had flown planes but the prince said he only flew helicopters.

Hillsborough is a picture-postcard pretty village in Co Down which hosts the residence of the Royal Family when members visit Northern Ireland.

It is surrounded by ornate gardens but the prince walked straight outside the imposing walls to greet well-wishers following his lunch.

Miss Middleton was wearing a white coat and smiled demurely as she greeted people with thanks for their congratulations on her engagement.

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