Prince William makes an official visit to Belfast

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The Duke of Cambridge has arrived in Belfast for a visit that will highlight the work of a mental health charity and the emergency services.

William’s afternoon of engagements in the city will take in the Inspire charity and see him observe search and rescue training on the River Lagan.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is pregnant with the couple’s third child, has not accompanied her husband on the trip to Northern Ireland.

William first visit was to the Inspire social enterprise in the city centre, where he met mental health counsellors and service users before officially opening the charity’s new offices.

He received a  touching memento of the visit to take home in the form of a picture by artist Oliver Jeffers for Princess Charlotte.

His scene showed a father flying a kite as his daughter paddled in the sea, and the artist added a simple line drawing of another little girl with the message: ‘To Charlotte’. 

And he made sure Prince George wasn’t left out, giving him a picture of a little boy looking up at the stars for the young Prince. 

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The Duke of Cambridge talks to students from Our Lady & St Patrick's College, Knock during a visit to the Inspire social enterprise In Belfast

The Duke of Cambridge talks to students from Our Lady & St Patrick's College, Knock during a visit to the Inspire social enterprise In Belfast

The Duke of Cambridge talks to students from Our Lady & St Patrick’s College, Knock during a visit to the Inspire social enterprise In Belfast

The Duke of Cambridge looks at the annual report during a visit to Inspire

The Duke of Cambridge looks at the annual report during a visit to Inspire

The Duke of Cambridge looks at the annual report during a visit to Inspire

A picture given to the The Duke of Cambridge for Princess Charlotte by artist Oliver Jeffers, showing a father flying a kite while his daughter paddled in the sea

A picture given to the The Duke of Cambridge for Princess Charlotte by artist Oliver Jeffers, showing a father flying a kite while his daughter paddled in the sea

A picture given to the The Duke of Cambridge for Princess Charlotte by artist Oliver Jeffers, showing a father flying a kite while his daughter paddled in the sea

The artist added a simple line drawing of a little girl to the gift for Princess Charlotte 

The artist added a simple line drawing of a little girl to the gift for Princess Charlotte 

Artist Oliver Jeffers' message to Prince George

Artist Oliver Jeffers' message to Prince George

The artist added a simple line drawing of a little girl to the gift for Princess Charlotte (left) and  boy in a stripy top for Prince George 

Artist Oliver Jeffers also gave William a small painting as a gift for Prince George 

Artist Oliver Jeffers also gave William a small painting as a gift for Prince George 

Artist Oliver Jeffers also gave William a small painting as a gift for Prince George 

He also spent time with an art group for service users and joined a discussion on mental health in football. 

He will then travel to the historic Titanic Quarter to see the work of Lagan Search and Rescue lifeboat service.

The Duke will watch a live demonstration of a rescue mission in the harbour, which will include the deployment of a lifeboat, a quayside response and rescue swimmers, before meeting a number of the volunteers and hearing about their experience of setting up the service.

One of the helicopters from the recently established Northern Ireland Air Ambulance service will be parked alongside the harbour.

William looked in great spirits during his official visit to Belfast, as he chatted to volunteers and service users at the social enterprise Inspire 

William looked in great spirits during his official visit to Belfast, as he chatted to volunteers and service users at the social enterprise Inspire 

William looked in great spirits during his official visit to Belfast, as he chatted to volunteers and service users at the social enterprise Inspire 

William visited the Titanic Quarter to see the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service

William visited the Titanic Quarter to see the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service

William visited the Titanic Quarter to see the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service

Prince William buttons up his coat on a rainy afternoon in Belfast 

Prince William buttons up his coat on a rainy afternoon in Belfast 

Prince William buttons up his coat on a rainy afternoon in Belfast 

This evening, William will attend a private dinner for the Irish Guards Association.

Next Tuesday, William will be joined by to host a reception at St James’s Palace to celebrate the impact of their Heads Together campaign.

Later that evening, the Duchess of Cambridge will join the brothers for a reception at Buckingham Palace for World Mental Health Day, her first official engagement since her pregnancy was announced. 

The Duke of Cambridge unveils a plaque to officially open the new offices of Inspire

The Duke of Cambridge unveils a plaque to officially open the new offices of Inspire

The Duke of Cambridge unveils a plaque to officially open the new offices of Inspire

The Duke of Cambridge talks to some youth Northern Ireland footballers about mental health in sport 

The Duke of Cambridge talks to some youth Northern Ireland footballers about mental health in sport 

The Duke of Cambridge talks to some youth Northern Ireland footballers about mental health in sport 

The Duke received a warm welcome from wellwishers during his visit to Inspire 

The Duke received a warm welcome from wellwishers during his visit to Inspire 

The Duke received a warm welcome from wellwishers during his visit to Inspire 

The crowd cheer the arrival of the Duke of Cambridge for his visit to Inspire 

The crowd cheer the arrival of the Duke of Cambridge for his visit to Inspire 

The crowd cheer the arrival of the Duke of Cambridge for his visit to Inspire