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Friday 24 November 2017

Very little pomp as relaxed royals visit the Aras

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla meet President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at Aras an Uachtarain
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla meet President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at Aras an Uachtarain

It was a relaxed and comfortable visit between old friends.

There was very little pomp and ceremony as Prince Charles and his wife Camilla paid a visit to President Michael D Higgins and First Lady Sabina Higgins at Aras an Uachtarain.

It was the start of their three-day visit to Ireland, which will take in Kilkenny today, along with a visit to The Curragh Racecourse in Co Kildare and the Irish National Stud.

The Duchess was wearing an oatmeal-coloured light coat over a floral-printed blue and cream dress and tan shoes, while the Prince wore a navy blue suit.

Mrs Higgins wore a dark navy suit with a lacy pattern while her husband the President wore a dapper blue three-piece suit.

"What's the date?" said Prince Charles as he sat to sign the Visitors' Book in the State Reception Room at the table commissioned by the OPW for his mother's momentous 2011 visit.

Then it was off behind closed doors for a bi-lateral meeting, with water and juice refreshments.

"There is no set agenda," said a spokesperson for the President.

But given that this is the first royal visit since the Brexit vote, there seemed little doubt what was on the menu.

Peace

Dean Noah Afolabi (10) from Drogheda, Co Louth and Tierna Bardon (13) from Newcastle, Co Down chimed the peace bell in the grounds of the Aras.

Then they met young people "in pursuit of excellence and ethics", among them sports stars such as Niamh Briggs the captain of the Irish Women's rugby team, Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy, Adam Harris of AsIAm.ie for people with autism, young members of the LGBT community and Young Scientist winners.

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