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Thursday 25 December 2014

Prince Charles and Camilla enjoy a walk in the Co Tyrone sunshine

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST - Caledon, Co Tyrone 26/06/2013
On the second day of engagements, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the historic village of Caledon. They were accompanied by Lord Caledon and his wife, Lady Caledon. Prince Charles meets staff and pupils from Churchill Primary School.       Picture: Conor Greenan/Pacemaker
On the second day of engagements, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the historic village of Caledon. They were accompanied by Lord Caledon and his wife, Lady Caledon. Prince Charles meets staff and pupils from Churchill Primary School. Picture: Conor Greenan/Pacemaker
On the second day of engagements, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the historic village of Caledon. They were accompanied by Lord Caledon and his wife, Lady Caledon. Prince Charles meets the Irvine family at Mill Street Cottages. Picture: Conor Greenan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST - Caledon, Co Tyrone 26/06/2013 On the second day of engagements, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the historic village of Caledon. They were accompanied by Lord Caledon and his wife, Lady Caledon. Prince Charles takes a walk down Caledon's Main Street with Lord Caledon and William Beattie. Picture: Conor Greenan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST - Caledon, Co Tyrone 26/06/2013 On the second day of engagements, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the historic village of Caledon. They were accompanied by Lord Caledon and his wife, Lady Caledon. Prince Charles is accompanied by Lord Caledon on a walkabout around Caledon. Picture: Conor Greenan/Pacemaker
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall take a short ride on a new bus during a visit to Wrightbus in Ballymena, Co.Antrim. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 25, 2013. They toured the factory where new ultra-low carbon double-decker London buses are being built. The Co Antrim visit was one of a series of engagements in Northern Ireland. See PA story ROYAL Ulster. Photo credit should read: Peter Muhly/PA Wire
His Royal Highness Prince Charles chats to local people outside Larne Town Hall during his visit to the town today. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
His Royal Highness Prince Charles chats to local people outside Larne Town Hall during his visit to the town today. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
His Royal Highness Prince Charles chats to local people outside Larne Town Hall during his visit to the town today. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
His Royal Highness Prince Charles chats to local people outside Larne Town Hall during his visit to the town today. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST - Caledon, Co Tyrone 26/06/2013 On the second day of engagements, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the historic village of Caledon. They were accompanied by Lord Caledon and his wife, Lady Caledon. Prince Charles is accompanied by Lord Caledon on a walkabout around Caledon. Picture: Conor Greenan/Pacemaker
His Royal Highness Prince Charles views plans for the Laren regeneration project during a visit to Larne Town Hall today. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
His Royal Highness Prince Charles chats to local people outside Larne Town Hall during his visit to the town today. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
His Royal Highness Prince Charles chats to local people outside Larne Town Hall during his visit to the town today. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
His Royal Highness Prince Charles meets local people affected by the recent heavy snow falls in the Larne area during a visit to Larne Town Hall today. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
His Royal Highness Prince Charles meets 5 month old Charlie Rea and his mum Karen, who had to recieve emergency supplies by helicopter during the recent heavy snow falls in the Larne area, during a visit to Larne Town Hall today. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
CARSHALTON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 26: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales visits Carshalton Boys Sports College with Jamie Oliver to see how the school has transformed its approach to healthy eating on November 26, 2012 in Carshalton, England. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
TRH's The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall on their first visit of the day visited Wrightbus Ballymena.HRH Prince Charles meets workers of the Wrightbus company. Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography
TRH's The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall on their first visit of the day visited Wrightbus Ballymena. Picture is HRH Prince Charles getting a tour of the factory by John McLaughlin Managing Director. Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography
TRH's The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall on their first visit of the day visited Wrightbus Ballymena.Picture is HRH Prince Charles getting a tour of the factory. Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST - Caledon, Co Tyrone 26/06/2013 On the second day of engagements, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the historic village of Caledon. They were accompanied by Lord Caledon and his wife, Lady Caledon. Prince Charles greets locals on a walkabout around Caledon. Picture: Conor Greenan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST - Caledon, Co Tyrone 26/06/2013 On the second day of engagements, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the historic village of Caledon. They were accompanied by Lord Caledon and his wife, Lady Caledon. Prince Charles meets staff and pupils from Churchill Primary Schol. Picture: Conor Greenan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST - Caledon, Co Tyrone 26/06/2013 On the second day of engagements, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the historic village of Caledon. They were accompanied by Lord Caledon and his wife, Lady Caledon. Prince Charles greets locals on a walkabout around Caledon. Prince Charles meets local butchers, Jennifer and Robert Gillanders in their village shop. Picture: Conor Greenan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST - Caledon, Co Tyrone 26/06/2013 On the second day of engagements, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the historic village of Caledon. They were accompanied by Lord Caledon and his wife, Lady Caledon. Prince Charles greets locals on a walkabout around Caledon. Picture: Conor Greenan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST - Caledon, Co Tyrone 26/06/2013 On the second day of engagements, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the historic village of Caledon. They were accompanied by Lord Caledon and his wife, Lady Caledon. Prince Charles greets locals on a walkabout around Caledon. The Royal Couple view some of the baked produce in Gillander's Butchers. Picture: Conor Greenan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST - Caledon, Co Tyrone 26/06/2013 On the second day of engagements, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the historic village of Caledon. They were accompanied by Lord Caledon and his wife, Lady Caledon. Prince Charles greets locals on a walkabout around Caledon. Picture: Conor Greenan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST - Caledon, Co Tyrone 26/06/2013 On the second day of engagements, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the historic village of Caledon. They were accompanied by Lord Caledon and his wife, Lady Caledon. Prince Charles meets staff and pupils from Churchill Primary School. Picture: Conor Greenan/Pacemaker
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall

The Prince of Wales has made his last visit to Northern Ireland before he becomes a grandfather — and enjoyed the sun in Tyrone.

On a second day of engagements, Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the historical village of Caledon.

The royals visited Mill Street Cottage where they met owners Denver and Michelle Irvine.

This is one of the first projects to be completed by a regeneration scheme after lying idle since the early 1970s.

The terraced two-storey stone cottage, which was constructed around 1850 to house mill workers and their families, received Grade B1 listing in 1983 and is now the pride of the village.

Charles and Camilla also visited the Beam Engine and Engine House, which dates from the early 1830s and once powered a flour mill and subsequently a woollen mill, and are all that remain of a once-massive mill complex.

This engine is one of only eight beam engines to survive in Ireland, a rare example of 19th century steam engine technology. The Prince unveiled a plaque to officially open the complex.

The royal couple then made the short journey to the centrepiece of the village – the courthouse and clock tower.

At the courthouse they had the opportunity to meet children and teachers from St Joseph’s and Churchill primary schools, as well as representatives of the Blackwater Regional Partnership, South Tyrone Historical Group, local church leaders and members of the Women’s Institute.

During a walkabout, the couple popped into the local butcher’s.

“We might never see them again. It was great to see them. A great day for the village,” said butcher Robert Gillanders.

Later in the village of Moy, the royal couple had the opportunity to meet representatives of YouthAction Northern Ireland and hear about the work that its local volunteers undertake to reach out to young people and involve them in community life.

Charles even signed a mural for the children before being treated to a display of Irish dancing.

Dancer Chloe Neal said: I was really nervous in case I forgot steps or anything.

“I was going over and over and over them in my head.

“But when I started, I just got into it.”

At St James Church of Ireland, Belfast teenager Megan McBride treated the royal couple to a solo musical performance.

“They were lovely, they were really, really, really nice and they were just so conversational.

“They shook your hand and stuff and just acted like you were one of their friends,” said the 19-year-old.

“It was really lovely just to be so complimented by the Prince,” she added.

Rector Aonghus Mayes said: “In my wildest expectations, I never thought that we would have a day like this.”

He added: “And it was also great that so many representatives from the whole communtiy could be here.”

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