William and Kate start two-day visit to Northern Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Northern Ireland for a two-day visit.

William and Kate will carry out a series of public engagements at a range of locations on Wednesday and Thursday.

It is the third time the couple have visited the region together.

Their first visit will be to Windsor Park, the home of the Northern Ireland national football team, where they will learn about initiatives to get more women in “key decision roles within football” and a programme aimed at young people who are not in employment, education or training.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge mingle with guests at a garden party at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down, in 2016 (Brian Lawless/PA)

They will then travel to the Roscor Youth Village charity in Co Fermanagh, which is a residential activity centre for children referred by social workers.

Their final visit of the day will be to Belfast Empire Hall to celebrate “inspirational young people who are making a real difference in Northern Ireland”.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Belfast, Fermanagh and Ballymena on a two day trip that will celebrate the young people of Northern Ireland #RoyalVisitNIhttps://t.co/EVRBpBtu8k

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 27, 2019

On previous visits, the couple attended a garden party at the royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down, in June 2016, when they mingled with many of the 2,500 invited guests.

Five years earlier, they visited Northern Ireland just weeks before their wedding.

On that occasion, Kate tossed pancakes at Belfast City Hall and hammered in fence posts at Greenmount Agriculture College in Co Antrim.