IT WAS a case of fifth pen lucky at Portmarnock Community School in north Dublin yesterday.
King Letsie of Lesotho was trying to sign a document marking his visit to the school -- but a fountain pen which had been set aside for him did not work. Nor did the next one, or the next, or the next.
But the king took it in his stride and laughed off the delay when an official from the Department of Foreign Affairs finally produced a working pen -- the fifth handed to the monarch.
The king and his wife, Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso, were at the school as part of a three-day visit to Ireland.
Principal Patrick O'Riordan said the school will be sending around 60 pupils, teachers and parents a year to Lesotho to undertake development work.