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Prince William and Kate waved off by hundreds of well wishers on last leg of Royal visit

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were waved off by hundreds of well wishers in Ballymena as they ended their two day visit to Northern Ireland.

Several hundred people lined the streets of the Co Antrim town as William and Kate went on a walkabout.

Duchess of Cambridge receives daffodils during a visit to St Joseph's SureStart Facility on February 28, 2019 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Duchess of Cambridge receives daffodils during a visit to St Joseph's SureStart Facility on February 28, 2019 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Braid Centre, Ballymena, Northern Ireland Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Braid Centre, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Braid Centre, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Braid Centre, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 28, 2019.
The Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 28, 2019.
The Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a visit to the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the SureStart Facility in Ballymena as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Braid Centre, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a visit to the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for a visit to the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Braid Centre, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
TRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet police officers and staff at Hillsborough Castle today. Photo by Aaron McCracken
TRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton at Hillsborough Castle today. Photo by Aaron McCracken
TRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet police officers and staff at Hillsborough Castle today. Photo by Aaron McCracken
TRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet police officers and staff at Hillsborough Castle today. Photo by Aaron McCracken
TRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet police officers and staff at Hillsborough Castle today. Photo by Aaron McCracken
TRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet police officers and staff at Hillsborough Castle today. Photo by Aaron McCracken
TRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet police officers and staff at Hillsborough Castle today. Photo by Aaron McCracken
TRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet police officers and staff at Hillsborough Castle today. Photo by Aaron McCracken

The crowds, many waving flags, braved the cold outside the Braid Centre.

The couple were there to learn more about the work of Cinemagic - a charity that uses film, TV and digital technologies to inspire and educate young people.

It was the first public engagement on the second and final day of their visit to Northern Ireland.

They started Thursday with a private meeting with officers and staff from the Police Service of Northern Ireland at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down.

The Royal couple then visited St Joseph’s SureStart facility in the Dunclug area of Ballymena.

They were officially welcomed to the venue by the Vice Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim Richard Reade.

The duke was joining the group for Fathers Reading Every Day, which is designed to encourage fathers to engage in reading opportunities with their children.

The duchess, who is Action for Children patron, was joining a Stay and Play session, meeting some of the two and three-year-old youngsters who attend the centre every week.

During a Ballymena walkabout, they spoke to members of the public who had been waiting a number of hours to catch a glimpse before heading inside the Braid Centre to learn more about Cinemagic.

Wearing a Mulberry coat, Kate chatted to officials from Mid and East Antrim Council while William spoke to DUP MP Ian Paisley, who presented him with a wooden walking stick.

The couple then talked to Emma Noble and Jack Francis, who played them a short film they recently made.

They also watched young budding directors and producers as they practised shooting a film.

The Duke and Duchess chatted to the Cinemagic members as they demonstrated the software used to help create programmes and films.

Kate was also given a lesson in special effects make-up.

LIVE: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Ballymena

Posted by Belfast Telegraph on Thursday, February 28, 2019

The visit to Ballymena came after a range of high-energy engagements on Wednesday.

William and Kate played football at Belfast's Windsor Park and took part in a canoe race in Co Fermanagh, before rounding the day off by pulling pints at a reception for young leaders at Belfast's famous Empire music hall.

Have you been out royal spotting? Send your pictures and videos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Northern Ireland to digital.editorial@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

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