'History is important but the future hasn't been written': Prince Charles meets with Gerry Adams in Dublin
Prince Charles paid his condolences to Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams on the death of his colleague Martin McGuinness as they shook hands at the British Embassy in Glencairn this afternoon.
Prince Charles said that he had written to the Mrs McGuinness’ widow.
The prince joked with Mr Adams that the two of them were born in the same year, 1948, but that the Sinn Féin leader was a little older, being born in October and the prince in November.
It's not the first time the two men have met - Adams and HRH first shook hands in NUI Galway in 2015 - but the location of their meeting this time was of particular significance.
On the road to Glencairn on July 21, 1976, Sir Christopher Christopher Ewart-Biggs (55), the newly appointed British Ambassador to Ireland, and 26-year-old British civil servant Judith Cooke were killed after their car was blown up by members of the IRA.
A 200lb bomb, hidden in a drain under the road, was detonated by a three-man IRA terror gang as the car passed over it.
Speaking afterwards Adams said: "The history is the history and it's really important but the future hasn't been written."
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall continued their visit to Ireland today.
They began the day at Glasnevin cemetery where the Duke and Duchess were greeted by Minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys and John Green, chairman of the Glasnevin Trust.
Four Victoria Cross paving stones were unveiled beside the cross of sacrifice, remembering four Irish born soldiers who in 1917 were awarded Britain's highest award for gallantry.
The Duke of Wales unveiled a stone in memory of Company Sergeant Major Robert Hill Hanna, who was remembered for the "most conspicuous bravery in attack."
He then laid a wreath at the Cross of Sacrifice before he and the Duchess of Cornwall spoke with relatives of the four Irish born soldiers, with the duchess remarking that the weather was "not quite as nice as yesterday."
The royal couple were then taken on a "whistlestop" tour of the cemetery, accompanied by Conor Dodd, a historian at Glasnevin.
Mr Dodd said the Duke of Wales showed a "very keen interest in Irish history."
They visited the grave of James Joyce's parents, the Republican Plot, Michael Collins' grave before arriving at the 1916 Rising Necrology Wall.