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Prince Charles and Camilla visit renovated Hillsborough Castle

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited Northern Ireland on Tuesday to attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle.

The royal couple toured the visitor centre and walled garden at Hillsborough Castle, the Co Down residence of the Royal family.

The Georgian castle has undergone a £24 million refurbishment by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces in advance of its opening to the public later this month.

The prince said Hillsborough Castle was a "special place" as he toured the gardens.

His Prince's Trust charity was involved in the restoration process.

Charles said he hoped the castle would attract visitors from throughout Ireland.

Camilla undertook a solo engagement at the new Clore Learning Centre in the castle's stableyard.

She was greeted by Rupert Gavin, chairman of Historic Royal Palaces, Tom O'Leary, director of public engagement at Historic Royal Palaces and Shan McAnena, public engagement manager at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens before being shown an artwork by Rob Ryan.

The duchess went on to participate in craft activities with children from the nearby Downshire Primary School, as well as older people from Lisburn's Lille Court residential home.

The royal couple completed their engagements in Northern Ireland at the unveiling of a new portrait of the Prince of Wales at Hillsborough Castle.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales takes a walk during the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cornwall arrives at the Clore Learning Centre at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 9, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Charles. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales lends a hand to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: A plaque unveiled by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales delighted by the sight of a red squirrel during the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

They also met the artist, local man Gareth Reid, who was commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces.

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