- Welcome to our rolling blog detailing The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall's visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland.
- Both visits will recognise the warm friendship and close cooperation that exists between the UK and Ireland, with Peace and Reconciliation being one of the main themes of Their Royal Highnesses' programme; alongside heritage, community, conservation and innovation.
- Day four: Northern Ireland
- The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall began day two in Northern Ireland with a visit to Mount Stewart House in County Down, where they toured the house and gardens.
- Mount Stewart House was originally bought by the Stewart Family in 1744 when it was known as Mount Pleasant. The Prince of Wales visited the house in 2010 and since then, this National Trust property has undergone significant work. Their Royal Highnesses were able to see the results of a three year, £7 million restoration project, which has just been completed.
- Their Royal Highnesses met staff and National Trust volunteers while at Mount Stewart.
The National Trust is a charity which aims to protect, and open to the public, over 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments. The Prince of Wales has been President of the National Trust since 2003 and is passionate about preserving special places in the UK.
- Their Royal Highnesses cut a cake together to commemorate the re-opening of Mount Stewart House.
- The last stop on Their Royal Highnesses’ two day Northern Ireland tour was the Corrymeela Community. The Corrymeela is the oldest peace and reconciliation centre in Northern Ireland, and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The Prince of Wales previously visited the centre in 1998 and opened the main house.
The centre was founded in 1965 by Ray Davey in order to create a place of gathering, work, faith and discussion. The Corrymeela allows people from across the community to come together, and currently hosts over 11,000 people a year.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the small Croi (Irish for“Heart”) where they met with Corrymeela staff members.
While at Corrymeela, The Prince of Wales made a speech to those in attendance and you can read the full version here: