News

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in visit to Northern Ireland

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in visit to Northern Ireland
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with crowds in Belfast Image copyright Press Association
Image caption Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met members of the public who had waited outside the Crown Bar in Belfast

Prince Harry and his fiancée, Meghan Markle have met members of the public who gathered to catch a glimpse of them in Belfast.

The surprise trip to Northern Ireland is one of a string of engagements ahead of their wedding on 19 May.

Image caption Hundreds of spectators gathered in Belfast to meet the prince and Ms Markle

The couple enjoyed lunch at the historic Crown Bar before shaking hands with some of those huddled outside.

Image copyright PA
Image caption Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Crown Bar in Belfast

The Crown Liquor Saloon is one of Belfast’s most iconic buildings and is owned by the National Trust.

  • Prince Harry ‘thrilled’ to marry Meghan Markle
  • Couple reveal royal wedding details

Staff from the National Trust shared some of the pub’s history with the prince and Ms Markle before a private lunch.

Image caption Crowds gathered outside the Crown Bar in Belfast

The couple’s tour began at the Eikon Centre on Friday morning, where they were shown the work of Amazing the Space, a cross-community peace initiative.

Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive in Lisburn, County Antrim

It was launched by Prince Harry in September 2017 and empowers young people in Northern Ireland to become ambassadors for peace in their communities.

The royal couple surprised a huge crowd of unsuspecting children when they arrived to take their seats in the front row for the event.

Image copyright Press Association
Image caption The prince and his fiancée were shown the work of peace-building initiative, Amazing the Space

They received a rapturous reception as they entered the performance arena to watch a fusion of song, dance and uplifting messages from young people as they delivered their “peace pledges”.

They briefly joined some of the performers on stage at the end of the event when they were presented with a picture of a “peace tree”.

Later they will travel to the Belfast campus of Northern Ireland’s next generation science park, Catalyst Inc, to meet some of Northern Ireland’s brightest young entrepreneurs and innovators.

The trip is part of the couple’s public engagements in the run-up to their wedding on 19 May. It is their first official, joint visit to Northern Ireland.

Image copyright Kensington Palace
Image caption An invitation to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Invitations to their wedding were issued on Thursday.

You Might Also Like