‘It means everything’ – a visit that has been 11 years in the making finally comes about as William and Kate arrive in Carrickfergus

It took them more than a decade to get there, but when they did, William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales, brought Carrickfergus to a halt.

They were bestowed the titles of Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus by the late Queen Elizabeth on the morning of their wedding in 2011 and there has since been an open invitation to visit the town of Co Antrim.

A significant security presence in Carrickfergus yesterday morning had alerted locals to the possibility of a royal visit and groups of people had begun lining the Marine Highway on the town’s seafront long before they knew who the VIP guests were.

That number had swelled into thousands when the royal cavalcade passed the famous Norman castle and William and Kate came out to a loud cheer.

However, one member of the public was not so enthusiastic about the big visit. Kate was challenged by a woman who claimed she was not in her own country. The exchange came as Kate and William did an impromptu meet and greet with people in north Belfast.

While shaking the princess’ hand, the woman said, “Nice to meet you, but it would be better if you were in your own country.”

The woman added: “Ireland belongs to the Irish.”

However, others were happier to welcome the royal couple. They visited the local charity Carrick Connect, which provides support services to local young people struggling with social or emotional difficulties.

William and Kate heard about some of the projects the charity is doing in the community, as well as meetings with mentors and some of the young people who have benefited from their services.

Carrick Connect was established in 2014 and Carrick Connect’s contribution to the area was recognized earlier this year when it received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Co-founder Jonny Ewart said: “This means everything to us. It is the culmination of a dream.”

During the charity visit, the royal couple demonstrated their willingness to roll up their sleeves and take part in a culinary challenge, helping to prepare “No Bake Energy Bites”.

Kate also showed her motherly side as she cuddled with two-month-old Isaac Railton-Minish.

The couple then left the charity and were greeted by dignitaries including Secretary of State Chris Heaton-Harris and Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Noel Williams.

The Mayor presented them with a sculpture by local craftswoman Colleen Douglas, who creates pieces from sea glass that washes up on shore.

Eventually, William and Kate went on a walking tour and met with hundreds of people.

They exchanged handshakes, fist bumps and high fives with school children.

William was once heard joking that he had “never seen so many Liverpool fans in one place”.

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