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Princess Royal attends RDA event during Northern Ireland visit

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Media captionDavid Maxwell reports for BBC Newsline

The Princess Royal has presented awards to disabled athletes and volunteers at a charity event in County Antrim during a brief visit to Northern Ireland.

Princess Anne addressed the Riding for the Disabled (RDA) regional conference in Templepatrick. She has been president of the charity since 1971.

The princess met many people involved in the organisation and was presented with a painting as a gift from RDA.

She later attended a commonwealth study conference in east Belfast.

Her second engagement was held at Belfast Metropolitan college in the city's Titanic Quarter.

On her arrival in Templepatrick, the royal visitor was greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim, Joan Christie.

As a former Olympian, the princess is well-known for her love of equestrian sport and she spent time with those who support and promote horse riding for the disabled in Northern Ireland.

The local branch of the RDA has 1,000 volunteers who work with 1,000 disabled riders in care centres and schools.

The princess also met Mervyn Rankin, Sheriff of County Antrim and the mayor of Antrim Borough Council.

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