Royals enjoy Easter festivities in NI

Published Wednesday, 02 April 2014
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Prince Charles and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, enjoyed some Easter fun during the second day of their visit to Northern Ireland.

Royals enjoy Easter festivities in NI
The Prince of Wales meets the Mercian Regiment boxing team at Palace Barracks. (© PA)

The prince began his day with an inspection of the troops of Two Mercian at Palace Barracks in Holywood, Co Down.

Charles is the commander in chief of the regiment which was formed in 2007 at Tamworth Castle and is getting ready to relocate shortly to Chester.

The regiment has undertaken five tours of Afghanistan, three of which during its time based in Northern Ireland.

After a tour of the base cookhouse, Charles witnessed the battalion's boxing team being put through its paces as it prepares for an upcoming bout.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul 'Shove' Gilby described the visit as special.

He added: "He just wanted to see the lads and say well done to them lads for what they've achieved since the last time he was here."

During the visit the Duchess attended an early Easter egg hunt with a group of children at the garrison's church.

One of the mum's whose children took part said it was "absolutely brilliant and such an honour", to take part with the Royal couple.

To mark the occasion, Camilla was presented with a special Easter egg.

For the final part of their visit the couple travelled to Aldergrove Flying Station where the Charles was briefed on the work and training undertaken by crews of the Five Regiment Army Air Corps.

On Tuesday, were given a warm welcome by the people of Fermanagh during a tour around the county.

© UTV News
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