Kate and William thank Northern Ireland after visit despite Princess being confronted


Kate Middleton and Prince William have thanked Northern Ireland following their visit to the country after the Princess was confronted by a woman. The royal couple shared an upbeat clip on their official Twitter account featuring some of the highlights of their day-long visit to Northern Ireland. In the video, Kate and Prince William can be seen meeting some of the hundreds of royal fans who came out in droves to catch a glimpse of them, preparing cocktails at an outdoor market and meet representatives of the organisations they visited.

Upon sharing the clip, the royals’ account also wrote: “Thank you for having us, Northern Ireland!”

The video, which showed a huge outpouring of love for the new Prince and Princess of Wales, did not include the moment Kate was faced with a woman suggesting the princess was not in her own country.

The princess met her while on an impromptu walkabout in Belfast, outside the location hosting a crisis support charity she had just visited.

Upon shaking hands with several well-wishers, Kate reached the one of the protester who told her: “Nice to meet you but it would be better if it was when you were in your own country.”

Kate did not flinch and, as she kept smiling, and moved to meet another person who welcomed her to Belfast. The heckler, who appeared to be filming the scene with her phone, then added: “Ireland belongs to the Irish”. 

Kate and William’s day in Northern Ireland started with a visit to PIPS Suicide Prevention Ireland, a charity which works across communities throughout Northern Ireland to provide crisis support for those at risk of suicide or self-harm.

The work carried out by the organisation is very close to the hearts of both Kate and William who, for years, have been focusing their attention on normalising conversations surrounding mental well-being and mental illnesses and in 2019 backed the launch of a free 24/7 text service for people who are experiencing a crisis, SHOUT.

Their second stop was at the outdoor street food and retail market Trademark, where the prince and princess challenged each other in a cocktail-making race.

After William claimed the crown of the quickest cocktail maker, he and Kate heard the story of the market, launched in July with hopes it would become a place for the community to come together and enjoy artisan food, drinks and local products while also increasing the foot traffic in the area.

The prince and princess, who on their wedding day were given the titles of Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus by the late Queen, moved on to visit – for the first time – the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim. 

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Thousands of people lined the Marine Highway on the town’s seafront to welcome the royals, with some lucky enough to speak to either Kate or William and even take a selfie with them.

In the town, the prince and princess visited local charity Carrick Connect, which offers support services to young people experiencing social or emotional difficulties.

Earlier this year, this organisation founded in 2014 was given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the work done.

While hearing the challenges and aims of the organisation, Kate and William also rolled up their sleeves and prepared some “No Bake Energy Bites”.

The visit to Northern Ireland also featured a meeting with local dignitaries, including Secretary of State Chris Heaton-Harris and Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Noel Williams. 

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Mr Williams presented the couple with a sculpture made by local craftswoman Colleen Douglas, who creates her artworks using glass washed up on the shore.

The touching sculpture was called Family Tree and included three red apples symbolising the couple’s children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Following the royal visit, the mayor said: Mr Williams said: “It was a huge honour to welcome the prince and princess to my hometown of Carrickfergus, and the response and joy of residents who came out in their droves is testament to the warmth and respect for our royal family here.

“Our strong links to the Royal Family and to their royal highnesses specifically are well documented, indeed we have a road named Prince William Way, and today was an event we will reflect on fondly for many years to come.

“Personally, as an RAF veteran and wing commander within the service, I also enjoyed conversing with Prince William, who himself was a skilled RAF search and rescue pilot, about our military pasts.” 



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