Charles and Camilla on NI visit
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are visiting Northern Ireland.
Thursday, 26 April 2012
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.