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Happy to see the Royal Couple

Paula McCann | 15:06 UK time, Tuesday, 8 March 2011

We knew they were coming but weren't allowed to say until the plane touched down. There'd been some frantic phone calls yesterday as we rushed about trying to make sure that everyone who needed accrediation got it. Our planning guy sat in our morning meeting with his fingers crossed looking exhausted "there's nothing more I can do" he said.

Royal visits are fairly routine occasions but this one was a bit special... It was Prince William's first ever visit to Northern Ireland and for anyone who just happened to be out shopping in Belfast city centre, it was a chance to get a look at that ring on Kate's finger.

Talkback went to air as the Prince and Kate arrived at a dance recital at Youth Action NI. Our reporter Mervyn Jess told us that the performers didn't know who they'd be dancing for until they saw them. He said their jaws just about dropped when they they saw the pair arriving.

Paddy O'Flaherty was outside City Hall. He didn't have accreditation and so had to view things from a distance. When he was talking to Maxine Mawhinney who's presenting this week, he refused to be drawn on the colour of the coat Kate was wearing, on the grounds that when the Queen was here one time years ago he got the shade of green she was wearing wrong and the phones to the BBC rang off the hook.

It seems the way Royal visits are covered have changed abit in recent years. We spoke to the editor of the Irish News Noel Doran who told us that today's might not make the front page but would make the paper. Pics of Kate as a young girl were carried in today's edition. Darwin Templeton of the Newsletter said that was an old fashioned scoop. His paper didn't have them.

We got loads of texts from people delighted that the Royal couple were here for the day. Not everyone was glad to see them though. Theresa in Annalong told us that we can't afford the royalty anymore, but they will still get the money handed to them on a plate.

Not everyone was glad that we were covering the visit either. Sam texted to say " half an hour of this now - enough move on!"

Were you glad to see the Royal Couple? You know Its only 52 days to go until the Wedding!



  • Comment number 1.

    Someone else at the helm and at long last we have a Blog Topic worthy of serious debate ..

    .. Kate's ring, and William tossing his pancakes !!

    Who said "Talkback" was dead in the water ?

  • Comment number 2.

    Well, actually, you did.

  • Comment number 3.

    Shut up !!

  • Comment number 4.

    I'm still waiting for somebody to praise TB, Scy. It ripe for cancellation now, which the folk upstair are just champing at the bit to give to coup de grace to. Probably after the local elections. Looking forward to another weekend in the smoke.

  • Comment number 5.

    " .. Looking forward to another weekend in the smoke. "

    You're visiting Larne !!??

  • Comment number 6.

    This is a important topic why do people call them the royal couple as only willy boy is a royal and kate is a normal peasant like us all.
    Talkback get the facts right please.

  • Comment number 7.

    Who the hell is that on squawkback today she cuts over everyone,she loves the sound of her own squawk.

  • Comment number 8.

    52 days to go!!!

    Yippee thats 52 days for the dullest blog on the net to dullify the blogosphere with the dullest topic ever.

    Its like a countdown to xmas.

  • Comment number 9.

    Greetings Dr. ... Hugs and kisses and double Malts all round, or were you a fan of Irish Whiskey ? I can't remember much about the Old Days.

    I wonder what happened Drseward ? Whoops !! See what I mean about remembering stuff ?

    Willy boy and Kate, ehh !! There's a wossname for sore eyes.

  • Comment number 10.

    And greetings to you too Laird Biffa !! Do you fancy a "Gosh It's Only 52 Days Until The Big Day" party ?
    Strictly speaking it's 51 days if the Blog was accurate yesterday .. but let's face it, the Blog is the all-seeing, all-knowing, utterly infallible and indispensible fount of knowledge and stuff for the modern age .. so I can't imagine it being in error, can you ?

    So, pull up a chair and have a bevvy.

  • Comment number 11.

    Irish whiskey my good man nectar of the gods(thats of course if you believe in that type of thing)the water of life etc etc.The good old days did they not blacken up for that (the old emoticons wonder if they found a good home for them).We should do a willy and kate countdown god bless their cotton socks.

  • Comment number 12.

    A super idea Dr. !! Countdown to the Right Royal Nuptials it is then !!
    Party the days away with Wild Abandon ( Or Wild Turkey bourbon for those who prefer it.) until that glorious Day of Days is upon us.
    Your place or mine ?
    Yes, "The Good Old Days" .. but was it not some other show they blacked up for .. "I'm a Celebrity, Cover My Face in Boot Polish So I Can Sneak Out of Here" or something.

    A source close to insanity tells me the wee emoticons have gone to emoticon heaven.

  • Comment number 13.

    Its bad enough being put out to pasture in our prime.But the emoticons what harm did they ever do.Ah wild turkey BIG John waynes favourite tipple I believe.Yes scybalous you were right it was The black and white minstrel show which was supposed to be light entertainment (emoticon laughing)

  • Comment number 14.

    Yes, back in the days when not only TV was Black and White, but so were the sweets. Big John Wayne .. ahh, I remember him well .. I remember him ill too, usually when he over-indulged in bourbon. It's said he used to pour in a mixture of diesel, bleach, creosote and Sloan's Liniment to liven up the Wild Turkey. What a guy !!

  • Comment number 15.

    As President of Threadonia I was a trifle disappointed not to have been invited to tea yesterday. However I was definitely cheered to hear of a quickwitted onlooker shout "Three cheers for the next King Billy" Just nothing like the Norn Ireland humour

  • Comment number 16.

    Madam Pressy, you weren't invited because they couldn't risk diverting attention away from the lovely young Kate.

  • Comment number 17.

    No, Scy. Just that built up area on the Lagan. I haven't been to Larne since the late 70s when I got the boat from there to Liverpool. I'll be in the Crown and John hewitt at some point tomorrow afternoon. Have to visit the relations.

  • Comment number 18.

    So lovely to see Kate and Wills in a place they never heard of.Her shoes looked delicious and Wills had a designer bald spot to die for.Why do we give space to these leeches?

  • Comment number 19.

    Don't get me wrong.Wendy and a few Jolly Hockey Stickers feel all privileged and British when minor Royals grace our troubled shores......But us poor ordinary folk who live in the real world couldn't give a flying tax payers pound what these eejits do on our money.I noticed no tax payers plastic Union flags were on show on the day.Progress Ulster style.

  • Comment number 20.

    One more thing...Son of treehugger never ever set foot in this land that he stands to inherit from his Da some day.Could it be that Kate Middlengland heard there was a sale on @ NEXT or Lidl?

  • Comment number 21.

    One more pps.One word......Gok Wan.

  • Comment number 22.

    Jolly Gosh!........Bring back Dunseith.That woman Austin should be on Radio Cotswolds or something equally obscure.Pick up a phone and ring a superior English Guru who knows everything about nothing seems to be the Wendy way.Tripe with a dash of hot sauce.

  • Comment number 23.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 24.

    This comment has been referred for further consideration. Explain.

  • Comment number 25.

    Give us our board back.Eastenders has it's own board....Are we lesser mortals than make believe chips and mushy pea people?

  • Comment number 26.

    one more thing Wendy.the SDLP and Ulster Unionists are in effect the opposition in that comedy show up in the big house.To treat people as stupid and give the Richie woman a free one was undemocratic in the extreme.

  • Comment number 27.

    I see the hounds of truth are up early.

  • Comment number 28.

    What is the difference between Radio Ulster and Radio Home Counties????????.....Nothing.Some dude who owns an eat house with big prices and a flame thrower, and some hoitoity woman with a big garden.

  • Comment number 29.

    23. At 09:14am on 12 Mar 2011, malcon wrote:
    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

    24. At 09:22am on 12 Mar 2011, malcon wrote:
    This comment has been referred for further consideration. Explain

    " .. Complain about these comments being removed .. "
    I'm complaining about these comments being removed.

    As for your surviving posts, malcon, do I detect a whiff of begrudgery ?
    It's only right and proper that the pert, shiny couple should survey what could one day become part of their inheritance. Fair shares and all that dear fellow. I would gladly give the ever-fragrant Kate a large portion of my birthright.

  • Comment number 30.

    Can't wait to see how Wendy treats St Paddy's Day and all that is in it.Just hope she keeps her ascerbic eye on her beloved Orange parades.

  • Comment number 31.

    Good morning malcon .. a bit early I know, but have a wee dram.

    Not just "Eastenders" by the way .. this is still on the go ..


    .. with half a dozen or so different sub-sections.

  • Comment number 32.

    We are way down the tube.Strickly no dancing down the jungle on ice.

  • Comment number 33.

    I love living here in Belfast quite near the mainland of Britain.....................Wendy Speak.

  • Comment number 34.

    Contempory NI....Body in the celebrity attic.Honey Gloryibun

  • Comment number 35.

    Scybalous. Msg 1. I read in a paper earlier that the BBC cuts could see the end of Radio Foyle up here, I know that wouldn't affect you east of the Bann there. But could it also put Talkback itself out of it's misery? If the admin floor was looking for a convenient excuse to kill it off, they have their chance now.

  • Comment number 36.

    Why doesnt the powers that be here just open up this blog so anybody can start a discussion. Now there's an idea.

    Did anybody see the terrific BBC NI prog about that so and so Rev Smyth, good stuff BBC , praise where praise is due, The only problem was that the Chris moore character did not look or sound anywhere like him. Im sure Chris would be pleased with the artistic license used in his character, everything that he isnt, but terrific telly.

    As for the Catholic church , the more I see progs like this , the more Im convinced its finished and has absolutely no credability whatsoever.

    Anybody agree

  • Comment number 37.

    " .. As for the Catholic church , the more I see progs like this , the more Im convinced its finished and has absolutely no credability whatsoever.

    Anybody agree .. "

    Hi Bob. Didn't see the programme, and since I'm an atheist my opinion would maybe be a bit tainted. On a much wider level, I reckon religion in general is slowly but surely heading for the scrapheap where it belongs .. or at least the main organised religions are.

  • Comment number 38.

    P.S. to Bob ..

    When's the Big Op ? Do you sign in tomorrow ?

  • Comment number 39.

    Yes tomorrow at 2.30pm, on a fast from tonight which is the bad part, knowing if I eat Ill be lashing rings around me after the op...sorry folks bit graphic !!!


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