Prince Harry and his wife to be made an unannounced visit to Belfast today.
Due to security concerns, visits to Northern Ireland by the Royal Family are not announced.
Today’s visit is the first for Ms Markle to Northern Ireland. She had the opportunity to meet members of the public, to learn how young people are shaping the future of Northern Ireland, and to visit some of the city’s most treasured sites.
The first stop on their tour today say Harry and Meghan visit Eikon Centre in Lisburn, where they attended an event to mark the second year of youth-led peace-building initiative Amazing The Space.
Amazing The Space launched by Prince Harry in 2017, empowers young people across Northern Ireland to become ambassadors for peace within their communities. The project funded by the Northern Ireland Executive Office and organised by Co-operation Ireland.
Harry and Meghan watched a handful of performances and met young people to hear about their ‘Peace Pledges’.
After watching some performances, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle heard from the young people themselves about the reconciliation work going on across Northern Ireland. pic.twitter.com/f9JHWU2d0j
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 23, 2018
Harry and Meghan then went on to one of Belfast’s most historic buildings, the Crown Liquor Saloon to learn from staff and National Trust representatives about the pub’s heritage.
Owned by the National Trust, the former Victorian gin palace has period gas lighting and private snugs. It still has the original metal plates for striking matches and an antique bell system for alerting staff.
Following their pub visit, Harry and Meghan stepped outside to do a walkabout and head over to the Belfast campus of Northern Ireland’s next generation science park, Catalyst Inc.
Jude Campbell is 5 years old. He had a @CadburyUK Easter Egg for Prince Harry.
Watch how Jude quickly convinced Harry and Meghan that he’d rather keep the egg for himself.
Harry did order him to share it with his sister though … 🥚 🍫 🐣 pic.twitter.com/tdwkVZNSC2
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) March 23, 2018
At Catalyst Inc. they met some of Northern Ireland’s brightest young entrepreneurs and innovators.
Catalyst Inc. is an independent, not for profit organisation, whose mission is to build a community of innovators in Northern Ireland.
The first entrepreneurs to meet Prince Harry and Ms Markle are Chris, Paul and Graham from @overwatchapp Their software manages inventory, experiments & collaborative working for research projects. #RoyalVisit pic.twitter.com/azRYTCP1Un
— Catalyst Inc (@CatalystIncHQ) March 23, 2018
Last stop of the short tour of Belfast has the Royal couple visiting the iconic Titanic Belfast.
The Titanic Belfast has been voted the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards and tells the story of the Titanic, from conception and construction in the early 1900s in Belfast to its maiden voyage and significant place in history.
HRH and Meghan will tour the interactive galleries, which explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of RMS Titanic, as well as the city and people who made her.
During the visit, Prince Harry and Ms Markle will also learn about how the regeneration of the Titanic Quarter has provided Belfast with an exciting new urban space.
Photo credits: Chris Ship @chrisshipitv