The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Pulling Pints.

Prince William and Kate arrived in Ballymena, a town in County Antrim, on their two-day Northern Ireland tour. As they were going on a walkabout, they were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers who had lined the streets. The two went to this town to learn more about Cinemagic and its work. Cinemagic is a charity that uses digital technologies, television and film to inspire and educate the young generation in Northern Ireland.

They moved towards Braid Centre, where the couples were welcomed by Shauna Shivers McAtammey, international executive of Cinemagic; Joan Keatings MBE, CEO of Cinemagic; and Michael Lennox, who is Cinemagic alumni, director of Derry Girls and a Bafta winner. During their two-day tour, the couple attended various meetings and visited the following places:


Prince William and Kate participated in some of Cinemagic’s workshop activities to experience the training they provide. This educational charity is among the largest television and film festivals designed for young people in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It loves the magic of television and film and recognises its power to motivate, educate and inspire the young people. For more than three decades, Cinemagic has provided highly-successful young film-makers and programmers as well as young film critics’ panels.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Wearing her Mulberry coat, Kate chattered to the officials from Mid and East Antrim Board while William spoke to Ian Paisley, the DUP MP who presented him with a walking stick. This was their first public meeting on their second and final day of Northern Ireland visit.

PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland)

The two held a private meeting with the staff and officers from the PSNI at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down. The meeting took place on the second day of their visit, and they were ready to hear about the work of the police force and what they do at Hillsborough Castle.

Sure Start

The couple’s final meeting of their two-day tour was at the Sure Start, a programme targeted at parents and four-year-old children and below living in the disadvantaged areas. William and Kate were shown some programmes that Sure Start offers in order to understand how it supports those in need.

Before the tour, Kate and William played football at Windsor Park and also participated in a canoe race in Co Fermanagh. They rounded their visit off by pulling pints at the reception for the young leaders at Belfast’s Empire music hall.