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Friday 28 July 2017

Prince Charles shows off Irish dancing skills during visit to Northern Ireland

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attend a Music & Words for a Spring Evening at Hillsborough Castle during their visit to Northern Ireland (PA)
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attend a Music & Words for a Spring Evening at Hillsborough Castle during their visit to Northern Ireland (PA)

The Prince of Wales jokingly showed off his Irish dancing skills during an evening of music at Hillsborough Castle.

Meeting with children from the Tir Na n-Og School of Irish Dancing, Charles laughed as he gave a brief demonstration of his Irish dancing footwork.

Prince Charles and Minister Heather Humphreys in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles and Minister Heather Humphreys in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles shakes hands with Sein Fein leader Gerry Adams
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery
Prince Charles during a visit in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles and Minister Heather Humphreys in Glasnevin Cemetery
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles, HRH the Prince of Wales, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles, HRH the Prince of Wales, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny

The Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall rounded off the first day of their trip with a Spring Evening musical event at the castle.

The event saw the world premiere of a new piece by Belfast composer Neil Martin.

The Duchess of Cornwall (centre) meets the Tir na N-Og Irish Dancers, (left-right) Sarah White, Rose McAuley, Zoe McGarry, and Naomi Brown during a Music & Words for a Spring Evening at Hillsborough Castle during their visit to Northern Ireland (Liam McBurney/PA Wire)
The Duchess of Cornwall (centre) meets the Tir na N-Og Irish Dancers, (left-right) Sarah White, Rose McAuley, Zoe McGarry, and Naomi Brown during a Music & Words for a Spring Evening at Hillsborough Castle during their visit to Northern Ireland (Liam McBurney/PA Wire)

Songs after the Rain was commissioned by Charles to celebrate the three major cultural traditions on the island of Ireland.

As part of a packed programme, the royal couple were also entertained by the children of Tir Na n-Og School of Irish Dancing which was founded in Belfast in 1998.

Charles and Camilla were in jovial spirits as they joined 100 guests in the castle's majestic Throne Room for the event.

There were also performances by West Ocean String Quartet, Malachy Frame (Baritone), Brid Ni Ghruagain (Mezzo), Deirdre Moynihan (Soprano) and the Percy French Party.

Following the concert the royal couple met with the performers in the opulent Red Room.

Camilla posed for a photograph with the Irish dancers, while Charles jokingly tried to copy their footwork.

Dance school teacher Jackie White said it was a "real honour" to share the culture of Irish festival dancing with the royal couple.

She said Charles was fascinated by the dance technique.

"He wanted to try a bit with his feet so he showed us his footwork.

"He was really encouraging and particularly interested in the young people," added Ms White.

The royal couple then retired to the State Drawing Room for a drinks reception with guests, including the PSNI's Chief Constable George Hamilton.

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