The public found out the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were visiting Belfast only after the couple has arrived.
Kate Middleton and Prince William have made a surprise two-day trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland-with no one knowing of the visit until the couple arrived at the capital. For any kind of trip the royals take, Kensington Palace usually informs the public through social media, but there is a good reason why it was kept a secret for this occasion.
The Daily Mail’s royal correspondent Rebecca English, who is in Belfast with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, shared through a tweet that she couldn’t reveal the couple’s movement previously “due to security”.
Even though the trip was kept a secret, Kate and William were still greeted with a decent turnout at their couple’s first engagement this afternoon, a visit to Windsor Park football stadium, the home of the Irish Football Association.
Kate, looking as stylish as ever in a red Carolina Herrera coat, did a meet and greet with crowds, talking to the people gathered there and receiving flowers.
At the stadium, the royal couple had some fun, kicking around a football; you got to be able to keep up with your children, especially when they are as young as Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The goal of Cambridge’s visit to Belfast, Fermanagh and Ballymena is to celebrate North Ireland’s young people and to acknowledge how the country has overcome diversity over the past twenty years. Their plan for this two-day trip includes a visit to a programme that encourages young girls to play football and a meeting with young people’s charity Extern.
The last time a royal visited Ireland was in July last year when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first ‘overseas’ trip as a married couple to Dublin. During their two-day visit of the Republic of Ireland, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s highlight were meeting with Bród and Síoda, the President of Ireland’s two very big (and cute) dogs.
Fun fact: in Ireland, the royal fab four go by different titles. Rather than being the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate’s Irish titles are Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus. Instead of being the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in Ireland Harry and Meghan are referred to as Baron and Baroness Kilkeel.