Friday 21 October 2016

'Special, very special' - Prince Charles hopes to return to West as royal visit continues in Belfast

Published 21/05/2015 | 17:50

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were met by Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald and Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan as they left Shannon for Belfast earlier today.

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Summing up his visit to Ireland thus far, Prince Charles has said his experience - accompanied by Camilla Parker Bowles - has been “special, very special.”

Shannon Group CEO Neil Pakey, Irish Ambassador to the UK Dan Mulhall and Clare County Council Deputy Mayor Joe Cooney also were on hand at the airport to greet the couple as they boarded their plane.

Minister Fitzgerald said that the visit had further strengthened relationships between Ireland and the UK.  

“They said they really enjoyed their visit, both of them. The Duchess said they were very sad to leave. Prince Charles said there were a few more counties took visit and that he hoped to be back again. The visit has contributed hugely to the relationship between our two countries.”

Minister O’Sullivan said that the visit had very much turned thoughts away from the past and to the future. 

“I think anyone who watched this trip closely or even from afar will have got a real sense that the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall genuinely enjoyed themselves.  Today, as they departed, it was obvious that that was, indeed, the case.

“The way that they were received by the public and the way they engaged with the public showed just how strong relationships between the UK and Ireland are today.  It really is now all about the future and what we can do together.”

Prince Charles later shook hands with Martin McGuinness as the four-day Royal visit continued in Belfast.

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