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Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall begin two day visit to Northern Ireland

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have paid a visit on Tuesday to County Fermanagh at the start of a two-day visit to Northern Ireland.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were given a tour of the Enniskillen Castle Museums,

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were given a tour of the Enniskillen Castle Museums.

The Royal couple’s first visit was the Enniskillen Castle Museums. There, they viewed the ancient burial site the Drumclay crannog which was discovered in 2012.

As they toured the museum, the Royal couple watched the Aughakillymaude mummers who still today perform their century old plays to keep evil spirits at bay. “I’m so glad you keep that tradition going,” Charles commented to The Belfast Telegraph

The Prince remarked to one of the mummers: “By God, you must get pretty hot in there.” The mummer replied that ‘it gets hot surely, you don’t want to have hay fever.”

Prince Charles then embarked on a tour of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Museum, where he was presented with the presentation of the regiment’s history.

The Duchess went on to view the painting that portrayed the Queen’s visit to St Michael’s Catholic Church during her Diamond Jubilee visit to the area. The painting, called ‘The Queen’s Visit’, is a depiction of Her Majesty’s visit on 26 June 2012 during her two-day Diamond Jubilee tour of Northern Ireland.

Camilla also examined a presentation of Belleek china and a block of butter exhumed in a Fermanagh bog that was discovered to be more than 1,000 years old.

Charles and Camilla then were given a joint tour of the 18th century mansion, Florence Court.

Constructed nearly 600 years ago, Enniskillen Castle was once the stronghold of the Gaelic Maguire chieftains. It is located alongside Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.

In the 17th century it converted into an English garrison fort and later on functioned as part of a military barracks.

Royal visits to Northern Ireland are usually not announced in advance for security reasons.

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