Six hundred British troops, including the Duke of Kent, cousin of Queen Elizabeth arrived in Belfast Northern Ireland today (Friday) to strengthen security forces facing mounting violence in the city's streets.
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SV Duke of Kent towards front of convoy
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SV Day Shot of armoured cars out of barracks followed by Duke on foot
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SV Duke salutes armoured cars as they leave
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 6): DUKE: "I think that's more than likely that it will eventually happen.
REPORTER: Sir have you in fact had any riot drilling?
DUKE: Yes we have had a certain amount. We did a similar sort of job in Cyprus. We been in Cyprus the last 6 months.
REPORTERS: I know you've just arrived but what are your first impressions of Northern Ireland.
DUKE: I haven't seen a great deal of it in daylight yet. We arrived in the early hours of this morning.
REPORTER: I view of the fact sir, the provisional IRA have talked of Kidnapping members of the Royal family...
DUKE: I don't know anything about that.
REPORTER: Are any special sort of security arrangements being made because you are here?
DUKE: Not that I'm aware of
REPORTER: What are you going out to do now sir?
DUKE: I'm not going anywhere. This troops is going out to pay a liaison visit down to Inniskilin."
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Background: Six hundred British troops, including the Duke of Kent, cousin of Queen Elizabeth arrived in Belfast Northern Ireland today (Friday) to strengthen security forces facing mounting violence in the city's streets. Hours after the new arrivals, rioting broke out again and a civilian and soldier were shot dead. Troops will be on full alert to counter what is shaping to be a violent weekend in Northern Ireland.
The Duke was asked if he thought he would be stationed on the streets of Belfast: