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Countess of Wessex charms crowd in Belfast during platinum anniversary visit with Prince Edward

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The Earl and Countess of Wessex arrived in Northern Ireland today for a celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Prince Edward and his wife Sophie are currently visiting Belfast, where the royal couple were joined by crowds of enthusiastic spectators at a 1950s themed party on the city’s Royal Avenue.

The event marks the third day of festivities celebrating the Queen’s seven decades on the throne.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, greets benefactors in Belfast this morning as she arrives for a platinum anniversary celebration

Prince Edward and wife Sophie joined the crowd today at a 1950s themed celebration on Royal Avenue in Belfast

Prince Edward and wife Sophie joined the crowd today at a 1950s themed celebration on Royal Avenue in Belfast

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, speaks to children in Belfast arriving at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, speaks to children in Belfast arriving at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

The Earl and Countess of Wessex sit down with Belfast Mayor Tina Black to a performance by local artists to celebrate the Queen's long reign

The Earl and Countess of Wessex join Belfast Mayor Tina Black to a performance by local artists to celebrate the Queen’s long reign

The royal couple met local school children performing a traditional folk dance

The royal couple met local school children performing a traditional folk dance

Kids chatted excitedly to the Countess of Wessex after surprising her with their folk ensemble

Kids chatted excitedly to the Countess of Wessex after surprising her with their folk ensemble

Enthusiastic crowds lined the streets of Belfast hoping to catch a glimpse of the Earl and Countess of Wessex

Enthusiastic crowds lined the streets of Belfast hoping to catch a glimpse of the Earl and Countess of Wessex

The Earl and Countess met groups of artists, including the Belfast Busking Band, and heard stories about the city’s diverse communities over the past 70 years, which will be explored through fashion, photography, music and dance.

The Earl will also meet older members of the local community, brought together by Age Friendly Belfast to share their memories and experiences.

Meanwhile, the Countess will participate in special platinum anniversary craft activities, making crowns and corgis with schoolchildren, before viewing a showcase of fashion through the ages.

The pair will also try a local delicacy, the Belfast Bap, and will visit stalls at the Retro Jubilee Market.

Before leaving Belfast, the Earl and Countess will watch a community dance troupe perform a routine that celebrates the last seven decades.

The royal couple will then travel this afternoon for their second engagement in Northern Ireland.

Prince Charles and Prince William are scheduled to address a live audience of 22,000 at a special concert in front of Buckingham Palace today, as millions on the third day of the Platinum Jubilee extravaganza marking her 70 years on the throne.

The pair will also try a local delicacy, the Belfast Bap, and will visit stalls at the Retro Jubilee Market

The pair will also try a local delicacy, the Belfast Bap, and will visit stalls at the Retro Jubilee Market

Prince Edward is greeted by Belfast Mayor Tina Black on an official platinum anniversary visit

Prince Edward is greeted by Belfast Mayor Tina Black on an official platinum anniversary visit

The Countess of Wessex carries a bouquet of flowers as she is greeted by onlookers on her arrival in Belfast

The Countess of Wessex carries a bouquet of flowers as she is greeted by onlookers on her arrival in Belfast

The Countess of Wessex arrived to meet many of the city's artists in fields as diverse as fashion, photography, music and dance

The Countess of Wessex arrived to meet many of the city’s artists in fields as diverse as fashion, photography, music and dance

Before leaving Belfast, the Earl and Countess will watch a community dance troupe perform a routine that celebrates the last seven decades

Before leaving Belfast, the Earl and Countess will watch a community dance troupe perform a routine that celebrates the last seven decades

The event featuring Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert and Alicia Keys will take place in a temporary amphitheater built around the Victoria Memorial outside the palace.

The 96-year-old monarch is not expected to attend the nighttime outdoor event with rain in the forecast. Problems with moving, which the palace describes as “episodic mobility issues,” have limited the Queen’s public appearances in recent months.

The Sovereign chose not to attend Saturday’s Epsom Derby, the second time in as many days that her difficulties getting around have deprived the crowd of a chance to see her. On Friday, the Queen skipped a special thanksgiving service in her honor at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were among nearly 50 members of the royal family who gathered to honor the absent head of state. It was their first public appearance in the UK since they relinquished royal duties two years ago.

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