Tuesday 6 December 2016

Charles prepares for poignant trip

Published 20/05/2015 | 02:30

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will today make their historic visit to Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, where Prince Charles' great-uncle Lord Mountbatten was killed by an IRA bomb in 1979.

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It is sure to be the most poignant and emotional stop during the prince's four-day tour of Ireland.

Lord Mountbatten was killed along with Doreen Brabourne, who was the 83-year-old mother-in-law of the earl's daughter.

Two teenage boys were also killed - Mountbatten's 14-year-old grandson, Nicholas Knatchbull, and 14-year-old Paul Maxwell from Enniskillen.

Prince Charles and Camilla will also attend a service of peace and reconciliation at St Columba's Church in Drumcliffe today, where they will also see the final resting place of WB Yeats.

Continuing the theme of reconciliation, a granddaughter of one of the victims of the Bloody Sunday massacre is to sing at the event.

Earlier, the couple are due to attend a civic reception featuring performances of Irish poetry and music.

Prince Charles will also visit the Institute of Technology, Sligo.

A trip to Sligo Races will round off the day.

Irish Independent

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