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Duke attends Army remembrance event

The Duke of York steered clear of controversy as he attended an Army remembrance service in Belfast.

Andrew's visit to St Anne's Cathedral for the Royal Irish Regiment event came as the fall-out from his reported criticism of Ministry of Defence chiefs rumbled on.

The Duke was reportedly overheard describing the Ministry of Defence as "useless" for not ordering British-made armoured vehicles for troops during a tour of the factory in Dorset that makes them.

His appearance in Belfast was low-key in comparison.

As Colonel-in-chief of the Royal Irish Regiment, the prince was guest of honour at the event in the famous city landmark to remember the regiment's fallen soldiers.

Andrew read the first lesson during a service that saw the Queen's and Regimental Colours of the Second Battalion marched in, received and placed in the cathedral's sanctuary.

The Duke was accompanied by Northern Ireland Secretary of State Owen Paterson and was greeted by Dame Mary Peters, the gold medal Olympian who is now Lord-Lieutenant of the County Borough of Belfast.

Before the service, the prince met with relatives of serving Royal Irish soldiers.

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