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Portstewart selfie snapper catches eye of Prince William at Hillsborough garden party

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers' Garden Party at the royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down. Picture by Brian Lawless, Press Association 
David Young, Press Association

A PHOTO-HUNTING royal fan has prompted the Duke of Cambridge to think again about the age profile of the selfie generation.

William shared a joke with 62-year-old Anne Hyndman from Portrush, Co Antrim, when he spotted her multiple efforts to get a picture of herself with him in the background.

The serial snapper was a guest at the annual Hillsborough Castle garden party attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Tuesday.

"He saw me taking selfies," said Mrs Hyndman, who works in a coffee shop in Coleraine.

"He said 'I know what you are doing, you are taking selfies - I can see you out of the side of my eye'."

A short while after that initial jovial exchange, William again spotted Ms Hyndman and her camera phone among the other 2,500 guests enjoying the sunshine on the pristine lawns of the Royal residence.

"He came back up and I was taking photos again and he said 'That's the woman with the selfies - that's a young one's thing, now you are at it'."

The Co Antrim woman was invited to the garden party with her husband Ronnie, who is heavily involved with the Royal British Legion in Portrush.

And the reason she was so keen to get a photo with William? Simple.

"He's just lovely," she said.

"It was just the best day we ever had. It was like a dream."

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