Monday 24 October 2016

Editorial: Royal visit a big boost to our standing

charles and camilla
charles and camilla

TODAY marks the start of the royal visit of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to the west.

The significance of their historic visit, not least to Mullaghmore in Co Sligo tomorrow, is immense.

Following on as it does from the hugely successful visit of Queen Elizabeth to Ireland in 2011 and the subsequent visit of President Michael D Higgins to the UK, this two-day occasion is further proof that both nations are intent on putting their blighted and bloody past behind them.

Prince Charles' decision to make a pilgrimage to the site of the IRA bombing that claimed the lives of Louis Mountbatten (his great uncle) and his 14-year-old grandson Nicholas Knatchbull, along with two others, will certainly be hailed as one of the most poignant moments of the two-day visit.

It will help lay to rest one of the many countless tragedies inflicted in the past.

Despite the threats of a few, the entire country stands to gain by such moments of reconciliation.

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