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Friday 2 December 2016

Cheers... Camilla enjoys a 'Duchess' before meeting the king

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The Duchess of Cornwall visits the Taste of the Wild Atlantic Way Food Festival at the House Hotel in Galway Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cornwall visits the Taste of the Wild Atlantic Way Food Festival at the House Hotel in Galway Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cornwall visits the Claddagh National School where she met with eight year old Charlotte Elizabeth Curran who is celebrating her birthday in Galway on the first day of her Royal visit to the Republic of Ireland. Photo credit: Jeff J Mitchell/PA Wire
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visits the Claddagh National School where she met with students before taking part in the Suas literacy support programme (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

THE Duchess of Cornwall enjoyed her very own cocktail during a visit to Galway city admitting the tipple 'packed a punch'.

Camilla happily tasted the drink called 'The Duchess' - a glass of Mumm Champagne mixed with Dingle Gin and elderflower liqeur - during a visit to the House Hotel.

But while she was happy to try some of the produce from the region she drew the line at seaweed and oysters.

The quick drink followed a meeting with Ireland's old royalty, the King of the Claddagh, Mike Lynskey, at St Nicholas' National School in the Claddagh.

While the exact protocol for an English duchess meeting an Irish king had not been established beforehand, the two hit it off, according to locals from the area.

The Duchess also made an attempt at Irish, with a "Dia daoibh", to the room of children, staff and parents. She told them it had been almost half a century since she had last visited the West, but added: "Ireland is one of my favourite places - when I hear your accents it always makes me feel better."

The Duchess had earlier thrilled royal fans in the city with an impromtu walkabout, following in the footsteps of her mother-in-law the Queen during her Cork visit in 2011.

She also enjoyed a 15-minute preview of the DruidShakespeare production by Druid at the Mick Lally Theatre.

Before the lights went down, the Duchess shared a joke with Gary Hynes, the founder and artistic director of the theatre company.

Also seated beside her for the performance were the US Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O'Malley, and his wife Dena and Neil Holland, deputy UK ambassador with Jane Chilcott, wife of UK ambassador to Ireland Dominick.

After the performance, she was introduced to each actor who stood in line along a walkway inside the theatre.

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