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The couple made a surprise visit to Northern Ireland on Friday.

Elisabeth Sherman
March 23, 2018

You might want to sit down for this because I have some news: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visited Belfast in Northern Ireland today, and they kept it a secret. You’ll just have to forgive them for not calling you personally to announce the trip: The soon-to-be husband and wife were there to surprise a group of school kids who are leading an initiative that encourages young people to become “ambassadors for peace within their communities.” As they are only human (surprisingly easy to forget, I know) they got hungry and stopped for lunch.  

The couple shared a meal at Crown Liquor Saloon, one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions. According to the Belfast Telegraph, Harry joked “Are you open? We want food," upon arrival. Typical royal entitlement, but we love him anyway.

All jokes aside, Markle commented that they had actually studied the menu earlier in the week and had planned out their meal: the Irish stew. The couple enjoyed lunch while admiring the pub’s architecture, which features an intact bell system that guests once used to call the staff. Prince Harry called the pub “amazing,” perhaps to make up for demanding lunch earlier.

After lunch, the couple greeted more of their adoring fans, who were waiting for them outside the pub, and then made a visit to the city’s Titanic museum (the doomed ship was actually built in Belfast). They also visited an organization called Catalyst Inc, which helps support scientific innovation in Northern Ireland.

The trip may have been a small moment of celebration for the couple; their wedding invitations were mailed out to guests on Thursday. The invitations have been printed in the traditional style, so royal purists can breathe a sigh of relief. Not so for the wedding cake. As we found out earlier this week, the couple will be serving a lemon elderflower buttercream cake baked by Claire Ptak of Violet Cakes, instead of the traditional fruitcake.