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Prince William is presented with a bottle of Bushmills Whiskey

Prince William is presented with a bottle of Bushmills Whiskey

Prince William pours the whiskey over The Ray of Hope lifeboat he helped to launch in Belfast

Prince William pours the whiskey over The Ray of Hope lifeboat he helped to launch in Belfast

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Prince William is presented with a bottle of Bushmills Whiskey

The Duke of Cambridge broke with tradition as he officially named a new lifeboat during his visit to Belfast - by pouring a bottle of whiskey over the vessel.

Prince William was greeted with cheers from the waiting crowd and given a live demonstration of the work the Lagan Search and Rescue (LSAR) volunteers do, with one entering the frigid waters near the SS Nomadic for a demonstration.

The prince - who was unaccompanied as the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge copes with extreme morning sickness - watched intently as the team got him out of the water and used stretchers and ropes to lift him onto the dock in front of spectators.

Noel Keenan, from the operational management committee for LSAR, said: "Today was a simulated exercise to bring greater awareness to members of the public on what our charity's about and what our volunteers go through. The weather today was typical of what we have in this country.

"Most rescues don't happen when it's nice and sunny but when it's miserable, dark and cold. This is the first time we've had somebody of his stature come and look into what our charity does, which is fantastic.

"I hope his visit raises awareness for us and the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance and brings awareness to this area of water, and people that are in need, who come here when they are in a bad mental state and wanting to end their lives.

"It was good for everybody to understand the trials and tribulations that we go through."

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The Duke, a former air ambulance pilot, then went to inspect the new helicopter, which was launched in July.

Onlooker Lisa Lap, from Carrickfergus, said: "I thought it was brilliant and I think LSAR are an amazing organisation who do a lot of good here in Belfast especially on the Lagan. Prince William coming to endorse it all was very nice.

"I think it's good to bring it to the attention of the wider network in the UK and that the royals support that initiative.

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The Duke of Cambridge names a life boat The Ray of Hope, for Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge names a life boat The Ray of Hope, for Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Prince Willaim visited the Titanic Quarter of Belfast where he saw a demonstration by Lagan Rescue and help launch a new life boat - The Ray of Hope. Prince William is presented with a bottle of Bushmills Whiskey which he poured over the boat when he helped to launch it. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Prince Willaim visited the Titanic Quarter of Belfast where he saw a demonstration by Lagan Rescue and help launch a new life boat - The Ray of Hope. Prince William is presented with a bottle of Bushmills Whiskey which he poured over the boat when he helped to launch it. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

The Duke of Cambridge (left) receives a bottle of Bushmills Whisky to name a life boat for Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge (left) receives a bottle of Bushmills Whisky to name a life boat for Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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The Duke of Cambridge (centre) sees the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge (centre) sees the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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The Duke of Cambridge sees the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge sees the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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The Duke of Cambridge sees the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017.Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge sees the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017.Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Prince Willaim visited the Titanic Quarter of Belfast where he saw a demonstration by Lagan Rescue and help launch a new life boat - The Ray of Hope. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Prince Willaim visited the Titanic Quarter of Belfast where he saw a demonstration by Lagan Rescue and help launch a new life boat - The Ray of Hope. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Pacemaker press 04/10/2017 The Duke of Cambridge vists Northern Ireland. The Duke of Cambridge meets members of The Lagan Search and Rescue near The Nomadic at Belfast's Titanic quarter and then he christened the rescue boat "Ray of hope" with some bushmills whiskey. Picture Mark Marlow

Pacemaker press 04/10/2017 The Duke of Cambridge vists Northern Ireland. The Duke of Cambridge meets members of The Lagan Search and Rescue near The Nomadic at Belfast's Titanic quarter and then he christened the rescue boat "Ray of hope" with some bushmills whiskey. Picture Mark Marlow

Pacemaker press 04/10/2017 The Duke of Cambridge vists Northern Ireland. The Duke of Cambridge meets members of The Lagan Search and Rescue near The Nomadic at Belfast's Titanic quarter and then he christened the rescue boat "Ray of hope" with some bushmills whiskey. Picture Mark Marlow

Pacemaker press 04/10/2017 The Duke of Cambridge vists Northern Ireland. The Duke of Cambridge meets members of The Lagan Search and Rescue near The Nomadic at Belfast's Titanic quarter and then he christened the rescue boat "Ray of hope" with some bushmills whiskey. Picture Mark Marlow

Prince Willaim visited the Titanic Quarter of Belfast where he saw a demonstration by Lagan Rescue and help launch a new life boat - The Ray of Hope. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Prince Willaim visited the Titanic Quarter of Belfast where he saw a demonstration by Lagan Rescue and help launch a new life boat - The Ray of Hope. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

The Duke of Cambridge (4th right) sees the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge (4th right) sees the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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The Duke of Cambridge sees the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge sees the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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The Duke of Cambridge unveils a plaque during a visit  to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the island of Ireland, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge unveils a plaque during a visit to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the island of Ireland, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Niall Carson/PA Wire

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The Duke of Cambridge (not pictured) sees the work of Lagan Search and Rescue during a demonstration, they are a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017.  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge (not pictured) sees the work of Lagan Search and Rescue during a demonstration, they are a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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The Duke of Cambridge sees the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge sees the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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The Duke of Cambridge arrives to see the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. See PA story ROYAL William . Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge arrives to see the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. See PA story ROYAL William . Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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The Duke of Cambridge sees the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge sees the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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The Duke of Cambridge sees the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge sees the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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The Duke of Cambridge arrives to see the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge arrives to see the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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A picture given to the The Duke of Cambridge for Princess Charlotte by artist Oliver Jeffers during a visit to the Inspire social enterprise charity in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. William visited the charity in the city centre, where he met mental health counsellors and service users before officially opening the charity's new offices. Niall carson/PA Wire

A picture given to the The Duke of Cambridge for Princess Charlotte by artist Oliver Jeffers during a visit to the Inspire social enterprise charity in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. William visited the charity in the city centre, where he met mental health counsellors and service users before officially opening the charity's new offices. Niall carson/PA Wire

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A picture given to the The Duke of Cambridge for Princess Charlotte by artist Oliver Jeffers during a visit to the Inspire social enterprise charity in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. William visited the charity in the city centre, where he met mental health counsellors and service users before officially opening the charity's new offices. Niall carson/PA Wire

A picture given to the The Duke of Cambridge for Princess Charlotte by artist Oliver Jeffers during a visit to the Inspire social enterprise charity in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. William visited the charity in the city centre, where he met mental health counsellors and service users before officially opening the charity's new offices. Niall carson/PA Wire

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The Duke of Cambridge is pictured meeting members of the public in Lombard Street, Belfast during his visit to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the Island of Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes   / Press Eye

The Duke of Cambridge is pictured meeting members of the public in Lombard Street, Belfast during his visit to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the Island of Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

The Duke of Cambridge is pictured meeting members of the public in Lombard Street, Belfast during his visit to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the Island of Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes   / Press Eye

The Duke of Cambridge is pictured meeting members of the public in Lombard Street, Belfast during his visit to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the Island of Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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The Duke of Cambridge talks to wellwishers after his during a visit  to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the island of Ireland, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge talks to wellwishers after his during a visit to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the island of Ireland, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Niall Carson/PA Wire

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The Duke of Cambridge talks to wellwishers after his during a visit  to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the island of Ireland, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017.Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge talks to wellwishers after his during a visit to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the island of Ireland, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017.Niall Carson/PA Wire

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The Duke of Cambridge is pictured during his visit to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the Island of Ireland. He is pictured talking to teenagers discussing creativity in mental health.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes   / Press Eye

The Duke of Cambridge is pictured during his visit to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the Island of Ireland. He is pictured talking to teenagers discussing creativity in mental health. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

The Duke of Cambridge is pictured during his visit to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the Island of Ireland. He is pictured talking to teenagers involved in mental health in sport.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes   / Press Eye

The Duke of Cambridge is pictured during his visit to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the Island of Ireland. He is pictured talking to teenagers involved in mental health in sport. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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The Duke of Cambridge looks at the annual report during a visit  to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the island of Ireland, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge looks at the annual report during a visit to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the island of Ireland, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Niall Carson/PA Wire

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The crowd cheer the arrival of the Duke of Cambridge for his visit  to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the island of Ireland, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The crowd cheer the arrival of the Duke of Cambridge for his visit to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the island of Ireland, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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The Duke of Cambridge looks at the annual report during a visit  to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the island of Ireland, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge looks at the annual report during a visit to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the island of Ireland, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017. Niall Carson/PA Wire

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The Duke of Cambridge talks to students from Our Lady & St PatrickÕs College, Knock during a visit  to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the island of Ireland, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017.

The Duke of Cambridge talks to students from Our Lady & St PatrickÕs College, Knock during a visit to Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the island of Ireland, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 4, 2017.

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The Duke of Cambridge names a life boat The Ray of Hope, for Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough, in the Titanic Quarter, as part of his tour of Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

"Of course Prince William does have a bit of an interest in this kind of work so I don't think he's the one that needs convincing that this is really useful."

The new lifeboat was officially named The Ray of Hope by the prince, who swapped Champagne for Irish whiskey to launch the vessel.

It is the second lifeboat for LSAR, made possible by public support.

Sisters Sarah and Joy Ellis, from Belfast, both came to see Prince William.

Sarah said: "My dad was one of the guys giving a speech today and he kept it well under wraps that Prince William was coming. You get rain or shine here, so I think that the biggest surprise here is actually seeing a prince."


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