Charles and Camilla on NI visit

Published Thursday, 26 April 2012
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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are visiting Northern Ireland.

Charles and Camilla on NI visit
Charles and Camilla visit Northern Ireland. (© UTV)

The Royal couple arrived at St George's Church in Belfast on Thursday afternoon, accompanied by the Lord-Lieutenant of the County Borough of Belfast, Dame Mary Peters.

There was a musical welcome for Prince Charles and Camilla, who listened to the church choir singing 'Dear Lord and Father of Mankind' as they waved to onlookers.

Inside, the visitors were shown around the historic building which has undergone an ambitious restoration scheme that is now almost complete.

It was not the first time the Prince of Wales has been to St George's - he last visited it in 1991 at the height of the Troubles, when its future was in doubt.

Damage caused in the latest in a series of bomb blasts, coupled with the crippling cost of the upkeep of a building dating back to the 1800s, had put the church at risk.

However, now 21 years on, its future has never seemed brighter or more vibrant.

After meeting members of the church choir, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall heard an overview of the restoration works.

They then spoke to members of An Cumann Galeach na h-Eaglishe (the Guild of the Irish Language) and representatives of a number of local organisations.

Charles was presented with a gift of The Book of Common Prayer and also a copy translated in Irish: "Leabhar na hUrnai Coitinne".

Camilla received gingerbread men and a posy of flowers from Sunday school children Conor Brannigan, who is eight, Méabh O'Mainnín, 11, and 12-year-old Emma Stewart.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
jim in armagh wrote (1,001 days ago):
can not believe that some of the comments are allowed by utv i think that all the anti comment speak for themself . regardless what happens the republicans are all for themself and sod the rest. as for the comment about visiting londonderry i think that he should look at the queens visit down south in the rebel county cork were she was welcomed with open arms. comment like that should not be allowed to be aired
John McC in Belfast wrote (1,003 days ago):
NI royalists wet themselves with excitement every time these people are secretly brought over to meet small groups of the faithful in safe areas. Why doesn't Charles go to Derry and explain to the people there why he is still Commander in Chief of the parachute regiment?
D in Co. Down wrote (1,003 days ago):
Charles and Camilla, and any other royal member or VIP throughout the world are more than welcome in Northern Ireland. Comments like 'no2royalvisits' let us down. You don't have to go and see them, I am sure they wouldn't want to meet such people like you anyway!
Vee in Belfast wrote (1,003 days ago):
Charles and Camilla are as welcome as any other visitors to Northern Ireland. It is good to see them not being afraid of the Irish Language - a bit of a change which has taken a VERY LONG time to happen.
Glenn in Armagh wrote (1,003 days ago):
Can't wait to welcome the royal couple to Armagh later today!
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