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Charles to pay visit to former British navy base during three-day trip to the Republic

By Ralph Riegel

The Prince of Wales will tour an Irish Naval Service patrol ship, retrace the steps of his ancestors in Cork and Kerry and be briefed on world-renowned conservation projects around Killarney during his visit to the Republic next month.

It has emerged that the three-day visit was organised at the specific request of the Prince, who has for years wanted to visit a number of historic Cork and Kerry sites.

He will be accompanied by his wife, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall for the visit, which is scheduled to begin in Cork on June 14.

The Belfast Telegraph has learned that Charles, who visited the Republic with Camilla in 2016, has specifically requested a tour of the historic Haulbowline Naval Base in Cork harbour.

It was formerly a strategically important dockyard of Britain's Royal Navy.

First fortified in 1602, not long after the Spanish Armada's failed invasion bid, Haulbowline Island is now the main base of the Irish Naval Service.

The small island lies in Lower Cork Harbour, offshore from the town of Cobh - formerly known as Queenstown - which was the last port of call for the Titanic as the great liner began its ill-fated maiden voyage across the Atlantic.

Prince Charles is honorary Admiral of the Fleet - a title which dates back to the 14th century.

When he visits Ireland next month, the Prince will also become the first senior Royal to visit Kerry since Queen Victoria.

Local sources indicated that Prince Charles will be offered a tour of one of the Irish Naval Service's new patrol ships and a tour of the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) and will be briefed on renewable energy projects.

In Kerry, he will focus on conservation issues - but will be given a private tour of some of 'the Kingdom's most famous tourist sights including the Ring of Kerry, Lakes of Killarney, Muckross and the Gap of Dunloe.

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