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By Lisa Smyth

Published 25/05/2016

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall ontop of the boat house at Glenveagh Castle in Glenveagh National Park, Co Donegal, as his visits the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PA
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall ontop of the boat house at Glenveagh Castle in Glenveagh National Park, Co Donegal, as his visits the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PA
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall ontop of the boat house at Glenveagh Castle in Glenveagh National Park, Co Donegal, as they visit the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PA
The Duchess of Cornwall meets students during a visit to the Ballyraine National School in Letterkenny, Co Donegal. PA
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Glenveagh Castle in Glenveagh National Park, Co Donegal, as they visit the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PA
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visit Donegal Castle on May 25, 2016 in Letterkenny, Ireland. The royal couple are on a one day visit to Ireland having spent two days across the border in Northern Ireland. It is their first trip to Donegal. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales is greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meets Philomena Barry, 90, who was the housekeeper of his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten, as Charles visits Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meets Philomena Barry, 90, who was the housekeeper of his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten, as Charles visits Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by Irish TV presenter Noel Cunningham (left) as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (right) is greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales is greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by Irish TV presenter Noel Cunningham (left) as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall (bottom left) are greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Two women protest during the visit of Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in Donegal Town, as Charles is visiting the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A women protests during the visit of Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in Donegal Town, as Charles is visiting the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Two women protest during the visit of Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in Donegal Town, as Charles is visiting the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by Irish TV presenter Noel Cunningham (left) as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales is greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Ellie Nichoilan, 9, speaks with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Donegal Castle in Donegal Town, as Charles visits the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Ellie Nichoilan, 9, speaks with the Prince of Wales at Donegal Castle in Donegal Town, as Charles visits the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Donegal Castle in Donegal Town, as Charles visits the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Donegal Castle in Donegal Town, as Charles visits the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Donegal Castle in Donegal Town, as Charles visits the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall (partially obscured) leaving Donegal Castle in Donegal Town, as Charles visits the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Gardai provide security as the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive in Donegal Town during a visit to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall leaving Donegal Castle in Donegal Town, as Charles visits the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People await the arrival of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in Donegal Town, as Charles is visiting the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
People await the arrival of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in Donegal Town, as Charles is visiting the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
School children await the arrival of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in Donegal Town, as Charles is visiting the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Two protesters, one with a "Brits Out" banner, await the arrival of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in Donegal Town, as Charles is visiting the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Members of the public pictured with Prince Charles. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Portico Presbyterian Church in Portaferry CoDown Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-05-2016: Members of the public what to see Prince Charles. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Portico Presbyterian Church in Portaferry CoDown Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-05-2016: Members of the public what to see Prince Charles. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Portico Presbyterian Church in Portaferry CoDown Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-05-2016: Members of the public pictured with Prince Charles. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Portico Presbyterian Church in Portaferry CoDown Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-05-2016: Members of the public pictured with Prince Charles. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Portico Presbyterian Church in Portaferry CoDown Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-05-2016: Members of the public pictured with Prince Charles. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Portico Presbyterian Church in Portaferry CoDown Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-05-2016: Members of the public pictured with Prince Charles. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Portico Presbyterian Church in Portaferry CoDown Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-05-2016: Members of the public pictured with Prince Charles. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Portico Presbyterian Church in Portaferry CoDown Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-05-2016: Members of the public pictured with Prince Charles. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Portico Presbyterian Church in Portaferry CoDown Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-05-2016: Members of the public pictured with Prince Charles. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Portico Presbyterian Church in Portaferry CoDown Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
The Prince of Wales meeting Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster at Hillsborough Castle in County Down. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales is greeted by Lord Lieutenant for County Down David Lindsay as he visits the Portico Arts Centre in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. The Grade A listed building, formerly Portaferry Presbyterian Church, has undergone a £1.5m restoration to create an arts and heritage centre used by all sections of the community. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (left) is greeted by Lord Lieutenant for County Down David Lindsay as he visits the Portico Arts Centre in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. The Grade A listed building, formerly Portaferry Presbyterian Church, has undergone a £1.5m restoration to create an arts and heritage centre used by all sections of the community. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (left) is greeted by Lord Lieutenant for County Down David Lindsay as he visits the Portico Arts Centre in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. The Grade A listed building, formerly Portaferry Presbyterian Church, has undergone a £1.5m restoration to create an arts and heritage centre used by all sections of the community. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (front, second left) attends a service of thanksgiving and dedication during a visit to the Portico Arts Centre in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. The Grade A listed building, formerly Portaferry Presbyterian Church, has undergone a £1.5m restoration to create an arts and heritage centre used by all sections of the community. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales is greeted by Lord Lieutenant for County Down David Lindsay as he visits the Portico Arts Centre in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. The Grade A listed building, formerly Portaferry Presbyterian Church, has undergone a £1.5m restoration to create an arts and heritage centre used by all sections of the community. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales attends a service of thanksgiving and dedication during a visit to the Portico Arts Centre in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. The Grade A listed building, formerly Portaferry Presbyterian Church, has undergone a £1.5m restoration to create an arts and heritage centre used by all sections of the community. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meeting Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster at Hillsborough Castle in County Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (front, second right) attends a service of thanksgiving and dedication during a visit to the Portico Arts Centre in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. The Grade A listed building, formerly Portaferry Presbyterian Church, has undergone a £1.5m restoration to create an arts and heritage centre used by all sections of the community. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meeting Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Hillsborough Castle in County Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meeting Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Hillsborough Castle in County Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meeting Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Hillsborough Castle in County Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meeting Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster at Hillsborough Castle in County Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meeting Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster at Hillsborough Castle in County Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster curtseys for The Prince of Wales as he arrives at the Northern Ireland Science Park at Queen's University Belfast, where he officially launched the University's first Global Research Institute.Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales arrives at the Northern Ireland Science Park at Queen's University Belfast, where he officially launched the University's first Global Research Institute.Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (left) speaks with President and Vice Chancellor of Queens University Belfast Professor Patrick Johnson (centre) and Professor John McCanny as he arrives at the Northern Ireland Science Park at Queen's University Belfast, where he officially launched the University's first Global Research Institute. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales shakes hands with Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster as he arrives at the Northern Ireland Science Park at Queen's University Belfast, where he officially launched the University's first Global Research Institute. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles is greeted by the First Minster Arlene Foster as he begins his visit. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles is greeted by the Deputy Lord Mayor for Belfast Guy Spence as he begins his visit. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles is greeted by the Gavin Robinson MP for east Belfast as he begins his visit. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles is greeted by the First Minster Arlene Foster as he begins his visit. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles chats to staff at the end of visit to the centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles signs a visitors book at the end of his visit to the centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles chats to staff at the end of visit to the centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles signs a visitors book at the end of his visit to the centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles signs a visitors book at the end of his visit to the centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles unveils a plaque at the end of his visit to the centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles unveils a plaque at the end of his visit to the centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles chats to staff at the end of visit to the centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles chats to staff at the end of visit to the centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles leaves the centre after his visit. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles leaves the centre after his visit. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have been treated to a concert by some of Northern Ireland's most talented performers.

In the stately surroundings of Hillsborough Castle, the royal couple hosted an evening of entertainment with performances from comedian Tim McGarry and the folk & trad group of The Royal Irish Regiment.

The event, compered by Radio Three's Sean Rafferty and attended by First Minister Arlene Foster, representatives from charities affiliated to the royals and local dignitaries rounded off a long day of engagements for Prince Charles and Camilla.

The duchess looked stunning in a beautiful emerald green lace dress, accented by green shamrock earrings, while her husband had changed into a navy suit.

The start of proceedings were delayed slightly as a result of a minor accident earlier on the M1, meaning some members of the audience were late arriving due to the tailbacks.

The performances were staged in the majestic Throne Room, overlooking some of the 96 acres of grounds in which the castle is located.

Members of the Harp Ensemble from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin kicked off the event, followed by the north Belfast actor and comedian McGarry.

Despite performing in front of the future king of England, the funnyman did not hold back and delivered his usual no-holds barred wicked style of humour.

Offering an alternative explanation of Northern Ireland to the royal couple, at one point he even took aim at the Queen herself.

Referring to Her Majesty's famous speech in Dublin in May 2011 during the first official visit by a British monarch to Ireland in 100 years, the comedian said: "Don't take this the wrong way, your mother's Irish was awful."

Sean Rafferty
Sean Rafferty
The Duchess of Cornwall with Tim McGarry
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall get a tour of Ulster carpets
Arlene Foster

However, he embellished by saying she sounded like Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams had taught her how to speak Irish. He continued: "He speaks Irish like he is under caution."

The evening continued with performances from baritone Bruno Caproni, with conductor David Brophy playing piano, and a number of rousing renditions of some traditional tunes by the folk & trad group from the Royal Irish, who encouraged the audience to clap and sing along.

The royal couple met the performers afterwards where they took the opportunity to thank them for their contributions to the event before mingling with the invited guests at a Champagne reception.

Musician Grainne Meyer from Moneyglass in Co Antrim, a member of the Harp Ensemble, described the couple as very friendly and easy to talk to. "It was such a privilege and an honour to perform this evening," she said.

"It was very exciting. We weren't really able to tell anyone we were coming and we didn't really know who we were performing for until the last minute.

"They were so friendly and welcoming, they were very down to earth."

Comedian Tim said he was nervous ahead of the performance but Prince Charles appeared to enjoy it.

"I was pleased with the reaction," he said.

"Normally I would ask people in the audience to tell me about themselves, like where they're from, but I didn't think there was much point this time."

Stella Cummings travelled from Limavady, Co Londondery, for the event and said she was delighted to be invited.

Mrs Cummings, who was there in her capacity as vice president of the British Red Cross in Northern Ireland, said: "It is a huge privilege to be invited and I am very pleased to be here.

"The castle and grounds are absolutely stunning and the performance was very enjoyable as well."

by lisa smyth

Belfast Telegraph

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