Prince William and Kate on royal visit to Northern Ireland

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles

Sporty Kate went head-to-head with her husband on the football pitch as the couple arrived in Belfast for a surprise visit on Wednesday.

The sparkling outfit was a playful change from the Duchess of Cambridge's daytime look; earlier, she wore workout gear and sneakers under a red Carolina Herrera coat dress to play outside with local children. Kate, her signature blowout intact, accessorized with a translucent pendant necklace a small beige clutch, and a matching pair of suede Gianvito Rossi pumps.

The band LARKS will take to the stage tonight, and guests will encompass representatives from Northern Ireland's business, arts and sport sectors including Dame Mary Peters who was today appointed Lady Companion of the Most Noble of the Garter by the Queen.

William and Kate laughed and exchanged jokes as they got behind the bar at the Empire Music Hall. Young people who benefit from Extern are often advised to attend by social works or the Department of Justice.

They were part of two teams which raced in Canadian canoes, with William's boat crowned the victor, reaching the marker a few seconds ahead of Kate's.

They were given the official welcome to the venue by Lord Lieutenant of Belfast Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle.

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Crowds line the street ahead of the couple's arrival. Children urged him on until he made it to the end and they celebrated with a cheer.

It is the couple's third visit to Northern Ireland, as well as their visit in 2016 they also came in March 2011, in the run-up to their wedding.

They started with a visit to Windsor Park, where they learnt about the Irish Football Association's community Football projects, and how sport can play a role in bringing communities together.

William and Kate also heard about IFA workshops and education courses that help students develop life skills.

According to the media release on the Royal Family's website, "The site provides a safe space to help and support these young people, with particular emphasis on outdoor activities and developing independent living skills".

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tested out their sporting abilities at a youth facility in Co Fermanagh as part of their two-day visit to Northern Ireland.

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