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Editor's Viewpoint: William and Kate show their down-to-earth side in visit

Editor's Viewpoint

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge brought a touch of informality to the first of their two-day visit to Northern Ireland by attending a party in a Belfast pub.

Admittedly it also had a serious purpose - meeting young people who have made a difference in society - but it showed that Prince William and Kate have a common touch which is much-admired in today's world.

They also paid tribute to Dame Mary Peters who has been made Lady Companion of the Most Noble of the Garter by the Queen. This is a fitting honour for a woman who is not only a sporting legend, but also one of Northern Ireland's greatest ambassadors.

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th February 2019 - The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Pat Jennings meets The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. Their Royal Highnesses learnt more about the IFAÕs community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. They met groups and representatives from the Female Football Leaders, the Goals Programme, Education Programme, Stay Onside, PSNI, DoJ and Probation Service and members of Powerchair. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving for their visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving for a visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of a two day visit to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 27, 2019. The royal pair learnt more about the IFA's community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Pat Jennings meets The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meeting coaches during their visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th February 2019 - The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Their Royal Highnesses learnt more about the IFAÕs community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. They met groups and representatives from the Female Football Leaders, the Goals Programme, Education Programme, Stay Onside, PSNI, DoJ and Probation Service and members of Powerchair. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th February 2019 - The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Their Royal Highnesses learnt more about the IFAÕs community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. They met groups and representatives from the Female Football Leaders, the Goals Programme, Education Programme, Stay Onside, PSNI, DoJ and Probation Service and members of Powerchair. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th February 2019 - The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Their Royal Highnesses learnt more about the IFAÕs community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. They met groups and representatives from the Female Football Leaders, the Goals Programme, Education Programme, Stay Onside, PSNI, DoJ and Probation Service and members of Powerchair. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th February 2019 - The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Their Royal Highnesses learnt more about the IFAÕs community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. They met groups and representatives from the Female Football Leaders, the Goals Programme, Education Programme, Stay Onside, PSNI, DoJ and Probation Service and members of Powerchair. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th February 2019 - The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Their Royal Highnesses learnt more about the IFAÕs community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. They met groups and representatives from the Female Football Leaders, the Goals Programme, Education Programme, Stay Onside, PSNI, DoJ and Probation Service and members of Powerchair. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watches a coaching session during their visit to Windsor Park, Belfast. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th February 2019 - The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Their Royal Highnesses learnt more about the IFAÕs community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. They met groups and representatives from the Female Football Leaders, the Goals Programme, Education Programme, Stay Onside, PSNI, DoJ and Probation Service and members of Powerchair. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th February 2019 - The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Their Royal Highnesses learnt more about the IFAÕs community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. They met groups and representatives from the Female Football Leaders, the Goals Programme, Education Programme, Stay Onside, PSNI, DoJ and Probation Service and members of Powerchair. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th February 2019 - The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Their Royal Highnesses learnt more about the IFAÕs community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. They met groups and representatives from the Female Football Leaders, the Goals Programme, Education Programme, Stay Onside, PSNI, DoJ and Probation Service and members of Powerchair. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th February 2019 - The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Their Royal Highnesses learnt more about the IFAÕs community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. They met groups and representatives from the Female Football Leaders, the Goals Programme, Education Programme, Stay Onside, PSNI, DoJ and Probation Service and members of Powerchair. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duchess of Cambridge tries her hand at football during her visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of her and the Duke of Cambridge's two day tour of Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a coaching session during hers and the Duke of Cambridge's visit to Windsor Park, Belfast. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge speaking to children during her visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of her and the Duke of Cambridge's two day tour of Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge tries her hand at football during her visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of her and the Duke of Cambridge's two day tour of Northern Ireland. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a coaching session during hers and the Duke of Cambridge's visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge tries his hand at football during his visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of his and the Duchess of Cambridge's two day tour of Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge tries his hand at football during his visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of his and the Duchess of Cambridge's two day tour of Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge speaking to children during her visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of her and the Duke of Cambridge's two day tour of Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th February 2019 - The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Their Royal Highnesses learnt more about the IFAÕs community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. They met groups and representatives from the Female Football Leaders, the Goals Programme, Education Programme, Stay Onside, PSNI, DoJ and Probation Service and members of Powerchair. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th February 2019 - The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Their Royal Highnesses learnt more about the IFAÕs community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. They met groups and representatives from the Female Football Leaders, the Goals Programme, Education Programme, Stay Onside, PSNI, DoJ and Probation Service and members of Powerchair. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th February 2019 - The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Their Royal Highnesses learnt more about the IFAÕs community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. They met groups and representatives from the Female Football Leaders, the Goals Programme, Education Programme, Stay Onside, PSNI, DoJ and Probation Service and members of Powerchair. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duchess of Cambridge tries her hand at football during her visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of her and the Duke of Cambridge's two day tour of Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 27, 2019. The royal pair learnt more about the IFA's community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. See PA story ROYAL Cambridge. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duchess of Cambridge tries her hand at football during her visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of her and the Duke of Cambridge's two day tour of Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 27, 2019. The royal pair learnt more about the IFA's community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. See PA story ROYAL Cambridge. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a coaching session during hers and the Duke of Cambridge's visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Windsor Park in Belfast on Wednesday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke of Cambridge places his hands in the cast of Pat Jennings, watched by the former goalkeeper (centre), the Duchess of Cambridge and Education and Heritage manager Steven Garret, during their visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge speak to fans as she arrives for a visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of a two day visit to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th February 2019 - The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Their Royal Highnesses learnt more about the IFAs community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. They met groups and representatives from the Female Football Leaders, the Goals Programme, Education Programme, Stay Onside, PSNI, DoJ and Probation Service and members of Powerchair. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Windsor Park in Belfast on Wednesday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Windsor Park in Belfast on Wednesday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th February 2019 - The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Their Royal Highnesses learnt more about the IFAs community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. They met groups and representatives from the Female Football Leaders, the Goals Programme, Education Programme, Stay Onside, PSNI, DoJ and Probation Service and members of Powerchair. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Windsor Park in Belfast on Wednesday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Duchess of Cambridge meets wellwishers on her arrival for her visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of her and the Duke of Cambridge's two day visit to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 27, 2019. The royal pair learnt more about the IFA's community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. Photo credit: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge meets wellwishers on her arrival for her visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of her and the Duke of Cambridge's two day visit to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 27, 2019. The royal pair learnt more about the IFA's community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving for a visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of a two day visit to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 27, 2019. The royal pair learnt more about the IFA's community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th February 2019 - The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the National Stadium Belfast, home of the Irish Football Association. Their Royal Highnesses learnt more about the IFAÕs community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. They met groups and representatives from the Female Football Leaders, the Goals Programme, Education Programme, Stay Onside, PSNI, DoJ and Probation Service and members of Powerchair. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for their visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for their visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge on his arrival for her visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of his and the Duchess of Cambridge's two day tour to Northern Ireland. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving for their visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 27, 2019. The royal pair learnt more about the IFA's community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving for their visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving for a visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of a two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge meets wellwishers on her arrival for her visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of her and the Duke of Cambridge's two day visit to Northern Ireland. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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