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Monday 23 October 2017

British royals recreate Mayo photo

Captain Mark Phillips (extreme right) and his son Peter Phillips (extreme left) travelled to Ashford Castle in December to recreate the famous 1905 woodcock shoot led by the Prince of Wales
Captain Mark Phillips (extreme right) and his son Peter Phillips (extreme left) travelled to Ashford Castle in December to recreate the famous 1905 woodcock shoot led by the Prince of Wales

Ashford Castle in Co Mayo recently welcomed Captain Mark Phillips and his son Peter Phillips to recreate a photo from 1905 when the Prince of Wales famously visited the estate for a woodcock shoot.

The original shoot took place during the tenure of the Guinness Family, who invited the Prince of Wales (who subsequently became King George V of England) to attend.

To this day, the 1905 shoot still holds the European record for woodcock, a much sought-after game bird.

Last month, Mark Phillips, former husband of Princess Anne, followed in the footsteps of his great, great grandfather, King George V, by shooting within the castle's 350ac estate.

During their stay, the group dined in Ashford Castle from a menu based on dishes that would have been served to the Prince of Wales in 1905.

The menu included roast local woodcock served flambéed with whiskey, crisp cabbage and wood sorrel and roast loin of beef on the bone with onion, wild mushroom and truffled potato.

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