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Prince Edward: Earl of Wessex continues Belfast visit despite security alert

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Image caption A police cordon was set up outside Belfast's Titanic building while bomb officers examined a suspicious object, which was later declared to be "nothing untoward"

The Earl of Wessex continued with an official engagement in Belfast despite a security alert at the building he visited, later declared a false alarm.

Army bomb officers examined a suspicious object found at the Titanic building in the east of the city and declared to be "nothing untoward".

The operation meant the Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, arrived a few minutes later than planned.

He was given a tour of the site that commemorates the world famous ship.

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Image caption The Earl of Wessex was given a tour of the Titanic building

At one stage during his tour, the Earl of Wessex looked out of the building to see where the SS Nomadic - a smaller ship built to ferry first and second class passengers to RMS Titanic - is berthed.

Just outside were two bomb squad vehicles and a police cordon.

The cordon was in place for almost three hours.

However, the alert has now ended and all roads on the area have re-opened to traffic.

During his visit to Northern Ireland, Prince Edward is due to meet people associated with the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme.

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