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Sunday 4 December 2016

Poignant Royal visit

IRELAND and Britain have reached a new level of understanding. Prince Charles' poignant visit to the site of his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten's murder was a huge step for Anglo-Irish relations.

From an historic handshake with Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, to recognition of the pain of the Irish people in the Troubles, the visit has brought a level of closure to a painful period in our history.

Charles paid tribute to the grandfather he never had but said that through the "anguish" of the tragic killing of Lord Mountbatten, he learned to understand the agony of the Irish people.

As Charles himself put it, our islands are slowly becoming the subjects of our history and not its prisoners.

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