Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle make their first joint visit to Northern Ireland

Published 23 March 2018

The couple met young people who are shaping the future of Belfast and saw some of the city’s best loved sites.

Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are visiting Belfast today for their first official joint visit to Northern Ireland.

Throughout the day, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle met members of the public, to learn how young people are shaping the future of Northern Ireland, and visited some of the city's most loved sites.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle's first stop was the Eikon Centre in Lisburn, where they will attended an event to mark the second year of youth-led peace-building initiative Amazing the Space.  

Launched by Prince Harry in September 2017, the initiative empowers young people across Northern Ireland to become ambassadors for peace within their communities.  

Young people shared their aspirations for a peaceful future, not just at home, but on a worldwide basis with HRH and Ms. Markle. 

HRH and Ms. Markle also saw the ground-breaking cross community and reconciliation work from young people across Northern Ireland.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle then visited one of Belfast's most historic buildings, The Crown Liquor Saloon. 

Owned by the National Trust, the atmospheric former Victorian gin palace is bursting with character, including period gas lighting and private snugs, featuring the original metal plates for striking matches and an antique bell system for alerting staff.

In the afternoon, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle has a chance to meet members of the public gathered on Great Victoria Street.

Afterwards the couple met some of Northern Ireland's brightest young entrepreneurs and innovators at the Belfast campus of Northern Ireland’s next generation science park, Catalyst Inc.  

An independent, not for profit organisation, Catalyst Inc is on a mission to build a community of innovators in Northern Ireland and provide them with the support they need to make success of their idea. 

At the end of their day in Northern Ireland, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle visited the iconic Titanic Belfast. 

Voted the World's Leading Tourist Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards, Titanic Belfast tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to its maiden voyage and subsequent place in history.  

The couple walked through the interactive galleries which recreates the experience of life on board.

The regeneration of the Titanic Quarter has provided Belfast with an exciting new urban space.


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