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Stately home visit for Prince Charles and President Higgins

By Conor Riordan

Ireland president Michael D Higgins has joined the Prince of Wales in celebrating 10 years since the royal helped secure the future of an 18th-century stately home.

The president and the first lady were greeted by the prince on the steps of Dumfries House in East Ayrshire yesterday. Celebrations are being held to mark a decade since the house was opened to the public after being saved for the nation by the prince.

On entering the stately home, the president and Mrs Sabina Higgins were shown the grand orrery, a mechanical model of the solar system built around 1758.

It does not include Neptune, Uranus or Pluto, as they had not yet been discovered.

The president and first lady were also to meet privately with the Prince and Duchess of Cornwalll, before attending a live broadcast recital at a concert celebrating 20 years of Classic FM.

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