Belfast Telegraph

Prince William and Kate Middleton could make a trip to Northern Ireland soon

They have visited Scotland, England and Wales as part of their Royal tour of the UK.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have travelled far and wide to meet well-wishers and wedding fans before they tie the knot later this year.

From university reunions at St Andrews in Scotland to a lifeboat ceremony in Anglesey in Wales, they have stacked up the air miles.

But speculation is mounting over when the Royal couple will come to Northern Ireland.

Nearly four months after their engagement, the Belfast Telegraph understands that a visit from Prince William and his fiancée could be imminent.

The Royals said they hoped to travel to “all parts” of the UK before their nuptials in April — and sources say Northern Ireland will be next on the list.

An NIO spokesman said he could not comment on reports of a Royal visit to the province.

“That would be a matter for Clarence House,” he said. “The Royal household tends to drive these visits, not us.”

Meanwhile, local support for an official visit from the couple continues to grow.

Belfast Lord Mayor Pat Convery said he would be delighted to see Kate and William here as part of their pre-wedding tour.

“I would welcome the couple on behalf of the citizens of Belfast and pass on good wishes to them for their wedding and future together,” he said.

Alliance MP Naomi Long said a Royal visit would be a “real boost” for Northern Ireland.

Ulster Unionist leader Tom |Elliott said he hoped the Royal pair would take time out during their official trip to visit Co Fermanagh.

“I think they’d enjoy a boat trip out on Lough Erne,” he said.

But a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said exact details of Kate and William’s plans could not be confirmed.

“Obviously with Prince William’s flying commitments and with the couple planning a wedding they are very busy at this time,” she said.

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