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Kate Middleton flips a pancake with Ellie Tang, six, outside Belfast City Hall

Kate Middleton flips a pancake with Ellie Tang, six, outside Belfast City Hall

Prince William flips a pancake as Belfast's Lord Mayor Pat Convery looks on

Prince William flips a pancake as Belfast's Lord Mayor Pat Convery looks on

Prince William and Kate Middleton at Belfast City Hall

Prince William and Kate Middleton at Belfast City Hall

Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast   8/3/2011Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoying the crowds as they take a walkabout in the grounds of Belfast City Hall today. There was a heavy security presence but, with Prince William close by, Miss Middleton joined children tossing pancakes and stopped for a chat with women in the grounds of City Hall. Armed police officers patrolled the streets and kept watch from nearby rooftops, but the opening engagement of the couple's one-day visit passed without incident. Security considerations meant there was no pre-visit announcement by Buckingham Palace and the Northern Ireland Office.

Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast 8/3/2011Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoying the crowds as they take a walkabout in the grounds of Belfast City Hall today. There was a heavy security presence but, with Prince William close by, Miss Middleton joined children tossing pancakes and stopped for a chat with women in the grounds of City Hall. Armed police officers patrolled the streets and kept watch from nearby rooftops, but the opening engagement of the couple's one-day visit passed without incident. Security considerations meant there was no pre-visit announcement by Buckingham Palace and the Northern Ireland Office.

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast   8/3/2011Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoying the crowds as they take a walkabout in the grounds of Belfast City Hall today. There was a heavy security presence but, with Prince William close by, Miss Middleton joined children tossing pancakes and stopped for a chat with women in the grounds of City Hall. Armed police officers patrolled the streets and kept watch from nearby rooftops, but the opening engagement of the couple's one-day visit passed without incident. Security considerations meant there was no pre-visit announcement by Buckingham Palace and the Northern Ireland Office.

Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast 8/3/2011Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoying the crowds as they take a walkabout in the grounds of Belfast City Hall today. There was a heavy security presence but, with Prince William close by, Miss Middleton joined children tossing pancakes and stopped for a chat with women in the grounds of City Hall. Armed police officers patrolled the streets and kept watch from nearby rooftops, but the opening engagement of the couple's one-day visit passed without incident. Security considerations meant there was no pre-visit announcement by Buckingham Palace and the Northern Ireland Office.

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast   8/3/2011Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoying the crowds as they take a walkabout in the grounds of Belfast City Hall today. There was a heavy security presence but, with Prince William close by, Miss Middleton joined children tossing pancakes and stopped for a chat with women in the grounds of City Hall. Armed police officers patrolled the streets and kept watch from nearby rooftops, but the opening engagement of the couple's one-day visit passed without incident. Security considerations meant there was no pre-visit announcement by Buckingham Palace and the Northern Ireland Office.

Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast 8/3/2011Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoying the crowds as they take a walkabout in the grounds of Belfast City Hall today. There was a heavy security presence but, with Prince William close by, Miss Middleton joined children tossing pancakes and stopped for a chat with women in the grounds of City Hall. Armed police officers patrolled the streets and kept watch from nearby rooftops, but the opening engagement of the couple's one-day visit passed without incident. Security considerations meant there was no pre-visit announcement by Buckingham Palace and the Northern Ireland Office.

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast   8/3/2011Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoying the crowds as they take a walkabout in the grounds of Belfast City Hall today. There was a heavy security presence but, with Prince William close by, Miss Middleton joined children tossing pancakes and stopped for a chat with women in the grounds of City Hall. Armed police officers patrolled the streets and kept watch from nearby rooftops, but the opening engagement of the couple's one-day visit passed without incident. Security considerations meant there was no pre-visit announcement by Buckingham Palace and the Northern Ireland Office.

Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast 8/3/2011Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoying the crowds as they take a walkabout in the grounds of Belfast City Hall today. There was a heavy security presence but, with Prince William close by, Miss Middleton joined children tossing pancakes and stopped for a chat with women in the grounds of City Hall. Armed police officers patrolled the streets and kept watch from nearby rooftops, but the opening engagement of the couple's one-day visit passed without incident. Security considerations meant there was no pre-visit announcement by Buckingham Palace and the Northern Ireland Office.

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08:  Kate Middleton and Prince William visit City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the Nation that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony.  (Photo by  Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08: Kate Middleton and Prince William visit City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the Nation that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony. (Photo by Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08:  Kate Middleton and Prince William visit City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the Nation that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony.  (Photo by  Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08: Kate Middleton and Prince William visit City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the Nation that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony. (Photo by Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08:  Kate Middleton arrives at City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the country that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08: Kate Middleton arrives at City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the country that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08:  Kate Middleton meets members of the public as she arrives at City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the country that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08: Kate Middleton meets members of the public as she arrives at City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the country that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08:  Kate Middleton meets members of the public as she arrives at City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the country that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08: Kate Middleton meets members of the public as she arrives at City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the country that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08:  Kate Middleton tosses a pancake as Prince William looks on during a visit to City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the Nation that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08: Kate Middleton tosses a pancake as Prince William looks on during a visit to City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the Nation that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08:  Kate Middleton arrives at City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the country that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08: Kate Middleton arrives at City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the country that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08:  Kate Middleton and Prince William visit City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the Nation that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08: Kate Middleton and Prince William visit City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the Nation that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08:  Kate Middleton and Prince William visit City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the Nation that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08: Kate Middleton and Prince William visit City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the Nation that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland -  8th March 2011.  Prince William  and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland.  The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and Miss Middleton tosses a pancake for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.  The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 8th March 2011. Prince William and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland. The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and Miss Middleton tosses a pancake for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland -  8th March 2011.  Prince William  and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland.  The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and toss some pancakes for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.  Charlie McCrea(3 & right) from Belfast who has leukemia and Ellie Tang(6 & second from right) from Ballymena whose brother has cancer look on as Miss Middleton tosses a pancake.  The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 8th March 2011. Prince William and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland. The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and toss some pancakes for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. Charlie McCrea(3 & right) from Belfast who has leukemia and Ellie Tang(6 & second from right) from Ballymena whose brother has cancer look on as Miss Middleton tosses a pancake. The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland -  8th March 2011.  Prince William  and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland.  The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and Miss Middleton tosses a pancake for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.  The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 8th March 2011. Prince William and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland. The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and Miss Middleton tosses a pancake for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland -  8th March 2011.  Prince William  and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland.  The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and toss some pancakes for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.  Charlie McCrea(3 & right) from Belfast who has leukemia and Ellie Tang(6 & second from right) from Ballymena whose brother has cancer look on as Miss Middleton tosses a pancake.  The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 8th March 2011. Prince William and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland. The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and toss some pancakes for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. Charlie McCrea(3 & right) from Belfast who has leukemia and Ellie Tang(6 & second from right) from Ballymena whose brother has cancer look on as Miss Middleton tosses a pancake. The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland -  8th March 2011.  Prince William  and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland.  The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall.  The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 8th March 2011. Prince William and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland. The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall. The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08:  Kate Middleton arrives at City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the Nation that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony.  (Photo by  Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08: Kate Middleton arrives at City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the Nation that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony. (Photo by Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08:  Kate Middleton and Prince William visit City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the Nation that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony.  (Photo by  Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08: Kate Middleton and Prince William visit City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the Nation that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony. (Photo by Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08:  Kate Middleton and Prince William visit City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the Nation that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony.  (Photo by  Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08: Kate Middleton and Prince William visit City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the Nation that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony. (Photo by Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

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©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland -  8th March 2011.  Prince William  and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland.  The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and toss some pancakes for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.  Charlie McCrea(3 & right) from Belfast who has leukemia and Ellie Tang(6 & second from right) from Ballymena whose brother has cancer look on as Miss Middleton tosses a pancake.  The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 8th March 2011. Prince William and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland. The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and toss some pancakes for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. Charlie McCrea(3 & right) from Belfast who has leukemia and Ellie Tang(6 & second from right) from Ballymena whose brother has cancer look on as Miss Middleton tosses a pancake. The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland -  8th March 2011.  Prince William  and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland.  The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and Miss Middleton tosses a pancake for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.  The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 8th March 2011. Prince William and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland. The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and Miss Middleton tosses a pancake for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland -  8th March 2011.  Prince William  and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland.  The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and toss some pancakes for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.  The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 8th March 2011. Prince William and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland. The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and toss some pancakes for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland -  8th March 2011.  Prince William  and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland.  The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and toss some pancakes for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.  The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 8th March 2011. Prince William and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland. The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and toss some pancakes for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland -  8th March 2011.  Prince William  and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland.  The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and toss some pancakes for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.  The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 8th March 2011. Prince William and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland. The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and toss some pancakes for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast   8/3/2011Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoying the crowds as they take a walkabout in the grounds of Belfast City Hall today. There was a heavy security presence but, with Prince William close by, Miss Middleton joined children tossing pancakes and stopped for a chat with women in the grounds of City Hall. Armed police officers patrolled the streets and kept watch from nearby rooftops, but the opening engagement of the couple's one-day visit passed without incident. Security considerations meant there was no pre-visit announcement by Buckingham Palace and the Northern Ireland Office.

Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast 8/3/2011Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoying the crowds as they take a walkabout in the grounds of Belfast City Hall today. There was a heavy security presence but, with Prince William close by, Miss Middleton joined children tossing pancakes and stopped for a chat with women in the grounds of City Hall. Armed police officers patrolled the streets and kept watch from nearby rooftops, but the opening engagement of the couple's one-day visit passed without incident. Security considerations meant there was no pre-visit announcement by Buckingham Palace and the Northern Ireland Office.

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Kate Middleton meets members of the public who gathered outside City Hall Belfast today during a visit to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 08, 2011. A small crowd gathered in the bright sunshine inside the grounds of City Hall in the hope of a walkabout after police sealed off streets and diverted traffic as part of a huge security operation for the couple's first visit to Northern Ireland. See PA story ULSTER Royal. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Kate Middleton meets members of the public who gathered outside City Hall Belfast today during a visit to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 08, 2011. A small crowd gathered in the bright sunshine inside the grounds of City Hall in the hope of a walkabout after police sealed off streets and diverted traffic as part of a huge security operation for the couple's first visit to Northern Ireland. See PA story ULSTER Royal. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

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Prince William and Kate Middleton join hands to try flipping a pancake in the grounds of City Hall Belfast today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 8, 2011. See PA story ULSTER Royal. Photo credit should read: Simon Graham/Harrison Photograph/PA Wire

Prince William and Kate Middleton join hands to try flipping a pancake in the grounds of City Hall Belfast today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 8, 2011. See PA story ULSTER Royal. Photo credit should read: Simon Graham/Harrison Photograph/PA Wire

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Prince William and Kate Middleton meet supporters gathered outside City Hall Belfast today during a visit to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 8, 2011. See PA story ULSTER Royal. Photo credit should read: Simon Graham/Harrison Photograph/PA Wire

Prince William and Kate Middleton meet supporters gathered outside City Hall Belfast today during a visit to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 8, 2011. See PA story ULSTER Royal. Photo credit should read: Simon Graham/Harrison Photograph/PA Wire

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Prince William and Kate Middleton, with The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Patrick McConvery (centre), in Belfast City Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 8, 2011. See PA story ULSTER Royal. Photo credit should read: Simon Graham/Harrison Photograph/PA Wire

Prince William and Kate Middleton, with The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Patrick McConvery (centre), in Belfast City Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 8, 2011. See PA story ULSTER Royal. Photo credit should read: Simon Graham/Harrison Photograph/PA Wire

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©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland -  8th March 2011.  Prince William  and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland.  The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and toss some pancakes for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.  The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 8th March 2011. Prince William and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland. The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and toss some pancakes for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland -  8th March 2011.  Prince William  and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland.  The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and Miss Middleton tosses a pancake for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.  The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 8th March 2011. Prince William and his future wife Kate Middleton make their first official visit to Northern Ireland. The Royal couple pictured starting their visit at Belfast's City Hall and Miss Middleton tosses a pancake for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. The Prince is set to marry Miss Middleton in April.

Kate Middleton flips a pancake with Ellie Tang, six, outside Belfast City Hall

Beaming bride-to-be Kate Middleton tossed a pancake in the centre of Belfast during a royal visit.

She flipped it up in the air outside City Hall as several people cheered and wished her well for her big day next month.

Miss Middleton, 29, was handed a frying pan by Prince William and told to have a go in front of children involved in a Shrove Tuesday fundraising operation. Amid a major security operation and with William close by, she joined children in tossing pancakes and then stopped to talk to women in the grounds of City Hall.

Heavily armed officers patrolled the streets and kept watch from nearby rooftops, but the opening engagement of the couple's first visit to Northern Ireland passed off without incident. There was no pre-visit announcement by Buckingham Palace and the Northern Ireland Office because of security considerations.

But Miss Middleton clearly revelled in the attention of the crowd outside the City Hall gates who strained to catch a glimpse - as well as the 100 or so who were allowed inside to line up on the edge of the lawns in the hope of getting a handshake. She wore a double-breasted belted coat with a frill at the hem, black opaque tights and high-heeled shoes.

She met representatives from the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund who hosted a Shrove Tuesday fundraising event, and then turned her attention to the waiting crowd.

Housewife Heather Lindsay from Killyleagh, Co Down, whose daughter Laura Ann is also getting married this year, brought "bride" and "groom" caps in the hope of getting William to wear one. She said: "He politely declined. He said his mother would not appreciate him wearing the hat."

Police kept the traffic flowing in front of City Hall, but they also maintained a tight security cordon with security force personnel, using binoculars, keeping watch from the top of the building, as well as one directly opposite. By the time the couple left after meeting Lord Mayor Pat Convery, Dame Mary Peters, the Lord Lieutenant of Belfast, and Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson, the crowd had swelled to several hundred.

At one stage inside the mayor's parlour, when they signed the visitors book, William turned to Miss Middleton just after she put pen to paper and quipped: "Your handwriting is going to have to get better."

Outside, wellwisher Lilian Bradford said: "They are both so genuine. There are absolutely no airs or graces about either of them. They are so down to earth."

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