Cambridges’ Northern Ireland visit includes Tayto crisps, whiskey, and Charlotte the tarantula

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have begun a visit to Northern Ireland, where they will join university students for Tayto crisps and whiskey. 

The royal couple have been invited to Ulster University’s student union for an introduction to life in Northern Ireland, from traditional music to local delicacies. 

Visiting a well-being petting zoo set up on campus, the Duchess held a tarantula called Charlotte and a newly-hatched chick.

They landed in Derry-Londonderry the morning after their night out at the James Bond premiere, in which the Duchess dazzled in a golden sequin gown. 

On Wednesday, she was back to business in a magenta suit, navy polo neck and high heels for a tour of Ulster University’s Magee Campus.

The Duchess of Cambridge handles a tarantula called Charlotte from Kidz Farm during a tour a of Magee University

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The Cambridges are making their first visit to Derry and will be shown a specially designed simulated ambulance, the only one of its kind in the region, built on campus to train the very first-year group studying the new BSc Hons paramedic science programme in Northern Ireland.

The course, which started last week, is offered by the University to support the development of the paramedic profession in Northern Ireland and further afield.

The royal couple have been invited to Ulster University's student union for an introduction to life in Northern Ireland

Prince William and Kate will also meet a group of student nurses from the university. They have previously spoken to them via a video call, in February, when they heard about their experiences taking part in hospital placements during the pandemic.

At the start of the first lockdown the students from Ulster University’s School of Nursing joined the frontline fight against Covid-19 working on wards or in the community.

The Cambridges will meet the first cohort of medical students studying at the University's new School of Medicine

During the call, the Duchess told trainees: "Nursing is one of the most trusted professions in the country, so you couldn’t have chosen a better career choice and it’s needed now more than ever."

During their tour the Cambridges will meet the first cohort of medical students studying at the University’s new School of Medicine, established this year in response to the nationwide shortage in the medical workforce, with the aim of training the next generation of doctors.

Away from the text books and practical lessons, William and Kate will learn how the undergraduates relax and spend their free time when they visit the Student Union as it hosts a "Culture Shock" event.

The pair will have the opportunity to sample some Northern Irish food and drink from whiskey and soda bread to Tayto crisps.

Students will teach them some local expressions and to finish they will hear some of the University’s talented musicians playing traditional instruments.

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