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Baby Archie brings smile to prince’s face as well-wishers ask about his new grandson

Charles meets the Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team during a visit to Upper Lake in Glendalough
Charles meets the Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team during a visit to Upper Lake in Glendalough
Camilla is shown a loom as she visits the Avoca Mill

By Tony Jones

Royal baby Archie had his grandfather smiling when the Prince of Wales was congratulated by well-wishers on the birth.

Charles was happy to chat about his grandson when he stopped to greet a group of tourists during his visit to a centuries-old monastic site in Ireland's Wicklow mountains.

The Duchess of Cornwall described the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son as "still very little" during a visit to the Republic's oldest working mill in Avoca Village.

Heir to the throne Charles, making his fifth visit to Ireland in as many years, visited Meghan and Harry's baby son with Camilla soon after they returned from a tour of Germany.

Charles stopped to speak to a group of American and Australian tourists who called out to him as he visited the Glendalough Monastic Site.

"Congratulations on the birth of your new baby grandson," said a woman who was visiting from Australia.

"Oh, you're very kind," a smiling Charles replied.

Camilla spoke about Harry and Meghan's baby when she met well-wisher Jo Wallace, who handed the duchess a bouquet of flowers at the mill.

Ms Wallace, who was with her own grandchildren, said "congratulations on your grandchild, the new one", as the pair shook hands.

The duchess replied: "Yes, the new one indeed, he's still very little."

The Prince of Wales is greeted by DUP leader Arlene Foster as the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley (left) and UUP leader Robin Swann (right) look on, during the Prince's visit with the Duchess of Cornwall, for a garden party at Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.
The Prince of Wales is greeted by DUP leader Arlene Foster as the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley (left) and UUP leader Robin Swann (right) look on, during the Prince's visit with the Duchess of Cornwall, for a garden party at Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.
The Prince of Wales meeting Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley at a garden party at Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall meeting guests at a garden party at Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meeting guests at a garden party at Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Prince of Wales waves goodbye to invited guests as he departed with the Duchess of Cornwall after garden party at Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 21, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Tour. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales signs the guest book of Castle Coole with the Duchess of Cornwall, after garden party in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Invited guest await the arrival of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to a garden party at Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 21, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Tour. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable George Hamilton with Peter Sheridan at the garden party at Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Photo credit: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
DUP leader Arlene Foster with Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable George Hamilton and wife at the garden party at Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley with Canon David Ferry and wife Lynne at the garden party at Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Picture: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Northern Ireland Secretary for State Karen Bradley, arriving at Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, before a garden party with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley meets guide dog Morris with owner Diane Marks as Stephen Pound MP looks on at the garden party at Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Picture: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
DUP leader Arlene Foster at the garden party at Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley and Stephen Pound MP at the garden party at Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall before departing a garden party at Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall before departing a garden party at Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh
The Prince of Wales waves goodbye to invited guests as he departed with the Duchess of Cornwall after garden party at Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 21, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Tour. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Castle Coole guest book signed by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall after a garden party hosted at Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 21, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Tour. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meeting guests during a garden party at Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 21, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Tour. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Charles met a group of local children who were cataloguing moths caught overnight on the shores of the picturesque area's Upper Lake.

Aaron Conway (12) said: "He was saying about how he likes the environment and that it was really fascinating all the different moths we were identifying."

The prince was also taken with a mountain rescue dog called Rowan, a three-year-old collie cross, who was with his handler Sheelagh O'Malley from Glen of Imaal Wicklow Mountain Rescue.

She said: "He seemed more interested in the dog, he's a real dog person - but he is a very cute dog, I have to say. He's got a massive work ethic. When I put on his mountain rescue jacket he knows it's time for work and when I take it off he relaxes."

Before leaving the area, Charles went on a brief walkabout and was surrounded by walkers who had gathered nearby when they realised he was visiting.

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