William and Kate visit Northern Ireland

8th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain's Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton arrived in Belfast on Tuesday for a one-day visit, under the watchful eye of armed police on the surrounding rooftops.

It is the couple's first official visit to Northern Ireland, and they were greeted enthusiastically by a small crowd who had gathered in the grounds of City Hall for a glimpse of the royal pair.

Kate wore a belted fawn-coloured coat.

Security is tight for the visit amid continuing sporadic unrest in the British province, which was plagued by three decades of sectarian conflict.

Police sealed off streets in Belfast and diverted traffic following the arrival of the couple at the George Best City Airport.

The violence was largely ended by the 1998 Good Friday peace accords but dissident republican groups have staged a number of attacks in recent years.

William, 28, the second-in-line to the throne, and Kate, 29, will be married at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29.

© 2011 AFP

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