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Prince Albert begins Irish visit

Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancee Charlene Whittstock are set to begin a state visit to the Republic.

The couple's trip takes place 50 years after his late father and mother, Prince Rainier III and Hollywood actress Princess Grace, visited.

President Mary McAleese and her husband Dr Martin McAleese will formally welcome the Prince at Aras an Uachtarain tomorrow morning and kick-start a series of engagements in Dublin.

The couple will plant a tree in the grounds of the Aras before visiting the Garden of Remembrance dedicated to those who died for Irish freedom.

The Prince will then meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings and visit Leinster House and the National Museum before a return to the Aras for a state dinner.

Officials said the visit will reflect the long-standing ties between Ireland and Monaco and will underline the potential for future co-operation in business, the environment, research, education, tourism and culture.

On day two, the Prince will visit Trinity College and tour the redeveloped Docklands area in the city before rounding the trip off on Wednesday morning at the Irish Marine Institute in Oranmore, Co Galway.

He will also inaugurate an exhibition in honour of the late Princess Grace at Farmleigh House, where he will host a reception to highlight Irish literature and art.

Prince Albert will be accompanied by a delegation from the Monaco Chamber of Economic Development during certain events.

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