Prince William and Princess Kate (both 40) visited Northern Ireland on Thursday. It is the couple's first trip to the former troubled province of Britain since the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8. William became heir apparent upon the death of his grandmother. The couple has since called themselves the Prince and Princess of Wales. In Northern Ireland they also hold the titles of Baron and Lady Carrickfergus. The two first visited an organization in the Northern Irish capital of Belfast that works with people at high risk of suicide.
It was once unthinkable that politicians from Sinn Fein, formerly the political arm of the militant Irish Republican Army (IRA), would welcome royals. That changed in the course of the peace process, which has been going on for almost 25 years. During the one-day visit to Belfast, William and Kate wanted to visit other organizations that work for people of all backgrounds in Northern Ireland.
Report on the website of the "Belfast Telegraph"