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Northern Ireland's young ambassadors mingle with Harry and Meghan at Palace

By Brett Campbell

A Belfast youth worker was "delighted to be a part of history" as she attended the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's first royal engagement as a married couple yesterday.

Christine Norrie (25), an assistant team leader at the Prince's Trust, was among a number of young ambassadors invited from Northern Ireland to mark the 70th birthday of Prince Charles.

"It was absolutely brilliant and the sun was shining," she said.

"I arrived at Buckingham Palace at around 3pm and I got to go in through the main gates.

"I am just delighted to have been a part of history."

The mum-of-three described a speech - in which the duke said his father's tireless efforts championing causes had inspired him and his brother, the Duke of Cambridge - as "incredibly sweet" and said it provoked "loud cheers" from the crowd.

Speaking in the garden of Buckingham Palace, Harry described how his father had influenced many of the 6,500 guests on the lawns of the Queen's official home - including himself and his brother William.

"It is your selfless drive to effect change, whether that is to improve the lives of those who are on the wrong path, to save an important piece of our national heritage or to protect a particular species under threat, which William and I draw inspiration from every day," he said.

During the speech a bee buzzed close to the duke and he fluffed his lines and quipped "that bee really got me" which caused his new wife and the Duchess of Cornwall to break into a fit of giggles.

Christine was one of two billion people who tuned in to watch the royal wedding on Saturday, which she said gave the special occasion added significance.

"I sat glued to the wedding, so I made sure to get a space up near the front - Harry and Meghan just seemed so in love, they are so sweet together," she said.

After stunning royal fans with her elegant wedding dress by British designer Clare Waight Keller, Meghan looked impressive yesterday in a chic dress by Goat and hat by Philip Treacy.

The blush £590 dress in dusky pink is described on the Goat website as having a "contrast silk-chiffon decolletage and sleeves with delicate frayed edge trim on the neckline and cuffs".

Meghan completed the elegant and regal look with a saucer-style hat by Philip Treacy, an Irish designer based in London and a favourite among the royals.

Harry opted for a dapper morning suit which complemented the silk top hat that he held in his hands while greeting guests arriving to mark Charles's association with military regiments and units.

Christine, who trained as a chef with help from the Prince's Trust was more than impressed with the summer menu which included iced coffee and sandwiches.

"I just walked around the grounds of the palace, it was just a beautiful day," she said.

Harry, who affectionately referred to Prince Charles as "Pa", began the speech by remembering those "affected by the tragic events at the Manchester Arena a year ago".

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