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Charles and Camilla set for visit

Published 21/04/2015

The UK's Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are to visit next month
The UK's Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are to visit next month

The UK's Prince of Wales a nd Duchess of Cornwall are to visit Ireland in May.

Charles and Camilla's four-day trip will reportedly take them to Mullaghmore, where the Prince's great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten, was killed in an IRA bombing in August 1979.

In County Sligo, the royal couple may also visit Lissadell House and Drumcliffe Church, where the acclaimed poet WB Yeats is buried.

Charles has officially visited Ireland twice before, in May and June 1995 and in February 2002, but this tour will come after the UK Queen's highly successful visit in May 2011.

The visit, which will take in some locations in Northern Ireland, will take place between May 19 and 22.

It is highly unusual for a high-profile royal visit to Northern Ireland to be announced in advance, and is testament to how far security concerns have improved in recent years.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, welcomed the trip.

"Following the reciprocal state visits of recent years, this visit to Ireland will represent a further expression of the warm and friendly relations which now exist between us," he said.

"We look forward to their arrival next month, and to a visit programme which reflects the quality of these relations."

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