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Prince Charles arrives in Northern Ireland for Secretary of State annual garden party

Prince Charles has arrived in Enniskillen for a garden party hosted by Secretary of State Karen Bradley.

The Prince of Wales is in Northern Ireland as part of a three-day visit, accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall. The royal couple visited Wicklow at the beginning of the week before heading to Northern Ireland.

The garden party is being held at the National Trust's Castle Coole in Enniskillen, marking the first time the annual event has not taken place at Hillsborough Castle.

It is being attended by 1,000 guests, made up of council members from both sides of the border and representatives from cross-border bodies.

Among the 1,000 guests attending are PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton, representatives from local councils in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and members of cross-border bodies.

DUP leader Arlene Foster was also among the guests who welcomed Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to party at the castle in her home county Fermanagh.

A protest by victims of historical institutional abuse took place outside Castle Coole, in response to Karen Bradley's handling of a proposed compensation scheme for abuse survivors.

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

Margaret McGuckin of pressure group SAVIA claimed the Northern Ireland Secretary had passed the buck for the delay in compensation and blamed the civil service.

"Many of our people are at death's door and so many have passed away," she said.

"Thirty people have died in this past two-and-a-half years.

"We wished we had never started this, this is 11 years of campaigning, two-and-a-half years after the Hart Inquiry findings where we were vindicated.

"It has all fell flat, nobody is getting anything, no support, we are all supporting each other and it is a disgrace on this Government that they are not doing anything."

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