King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla visit Northern Ireland

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Writed by - Andy Gocker
 King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla visit Northern Ireland
King Charles III and King's Consort Camilla in Belfast. © getty/[EXTRACTED]: Carrie Davenport/Getty Images, SpotOn

Historic visit

Amid the preparations for Queen Elizabeth II's (1926-2022) state funeral, King Charles III. (73) and Queen Consort Camilla (75) visited Northern Ireland. It is the first visit by a British king to Northern Ireland in almost 80 years.

As reported by 'Sky news', among other things, the king and the king's wife landed in Belfast shortly after noon on Tuesday (September 13). They were received by Northern Ireland Minister Chris Heaton-Harris (54) and two primary school students. They surprised her with chocolates and flowers. Charles III was close to the people and asked the children: 'Are you enjoying your day off from school?'

Queen's visit boycotted

After the welcome, the Royals continued to Hillsborough Castle. On behalf of the people of Northern Ireland, the speaker of the Stormont Assembly, Alex Maskey (70), handed them a message of condolences there. This was followed by a meeting with Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O'Neill (45). In 2011, the Republican Party boycotted the Queen's state visit.

King Charles III drove through the crowded streets of Belfast. and the Queen Consort proceed to St. Anne's Cathedral after the meeting. There they attend a service in memory of the late Queen. Irish President Michael D. Higgins (81), Prime Minister Micheál Martin (62) and Foreign Minister Simon Coveney (50) are also expected to attend. The royal couple will also meet with representatives from all major faith communities in Northern Ireland.

The king then travels back to London with his wife to receive his mother's coffin. This will be taken from St. Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace later in the day.

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