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Prince Harry makes his first official visit to Northern Ireland

Prince Harry has begun his first official visit to Northern Ireland, beginning with a series of engagements in County Antrim.

The 32-year-old arrived in the region early on Thursday morning where he officially opened the town of Ballymena’s new £5m ambulance station and Northern Ireland Ambulance Service’s regional HQ.

During the visit, the Prince was given a tour of the station, looking at some of the ambulances that are dispatched to treat patients.

He was also given a first-hand demonstration of some of the demonstrations and techniques paramedics use.

As the visit came to an end, Prince Harry unveiled a plaque to commemorate the occasion.

On his trip to Northern Ireland, the Prince will also visit the capital, Belfast as well as Hillsborough Castle and County Down.

The visit centres around youth charities, and the Prince will meet representatives from a range of youth organisations across the island.

Prince Harry’s trip first official visit to Northern Ireland will come to an end at Hillsborough Castle, where a garden party will be held with 2,000 guests being invited.

Harry’s visit coincides with his nephew, Prince George’s, first day at school. The Duke of Cambridge, accompanied his nervous looking son as he arrived.

His mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, was unable to join him as she is suffering from the crippling morning sickness that plagued her first two pregnancies. Kensington Palace announced that Catherine was expecting her and William’s third child on 4 September. She was forced to pull out of a planned engagement that afternoon and a joint appearance the next day with Princes William and Harry due to the morning sickness.

The four-year-old royal greeted the Head of Lower School, Helen Haslem, with a handshake while his father held onto his backpack. She then grabbed George’s left hand and walked him into the school with Prince William. William then stayed with George for around 40 minutes while he got settled into his classroom.

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