We are delighted to have welcomed HRH Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle to the Eikon Exhibition Centre on their first official visit to Northern Ireland.
They attended as guests of honour to the Amazing the Space event which was launched by Prince Harry in September 2017. This event empowers young people in Northern Ireland to become ambassadors for peace in their communities.
The couple surprised the huge crowd of 2,500 unsuspecting children when they arrived to take their seats in the front row for the event.
They received a rapturous reception as they entered the performance arena to watch a fusion of song, dance and uplifting messages from young people as they delivered their "peace pledges".
For the finale the couple joined some of the performers on stage at the end of the event when they were presented with a framed picture of a "peace tree".
Peter Sheridan, chief executive of event host Co-Operation Ireland, welcomed the special visitors and said the youth-led initiative was "integral to the development of a peaceful society in Northern Ireland".
"To have so many young people in one place proactively speaking out in favour of peace and committing to living their lives through peaceful means can only bode well for society, and to have the royal family here to witness it makes it even more powerful," he said.
Speaking after meeting Prince Harry and Ms. Markle, Amber Hamilton (17) from Foyle College, Derry/Londonderry said;
“She was so humble and down to earth so easy to talk to. She was really interested in the peace pledges we wrote.”
Kayleigh Doherty, 17, from St Mary’s College, Derry/Londonderry said;
“Prince Harry was very down to earth and he congratulated us on the work we were doing with Amazing the Space. He asked us what we had planned for the future. He was very interested in us."