Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have spent their second day in Northern Ireland and Ireland.
The day started off in Belfast where the couple was invited by PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton to the headquarters of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. While on hand, they joined in a service of remembrance, as well as opening a new memorial garden for the officers who have been killed in the line of duty.
The Chief Constable spoke of the occasion: “This is a very special, but also sad day, for the families and PSNI as we remember those who have died.”
HRH spoke to some of the family members who lost loved ones. Kate Carrol was amoung those and said the day was a “fitting tribute,” adding on, “It is a nice feeling to know you can go somewhere and that they are appreciated.”
Following a minute of silence, Prince Charles and Camilla laid wreaths and unveiled a commemorative plaque.
After the ceremony, the afternoon brought a lighter note when the two had the chance to try local ice cream in the Dromore town centre.
Leaving her husband, the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Dromore Primary School to officially open it. The children showed the Duchess their studies of technology being put to use on constructing mini roller coasters and robots. Before leaving, she popped down to the library to see the Year 7 students who were creating books for the younger pupils.
Principal Linda Allen said: “She took a particular interest in our library, in our children’s writing and that was great to see.”
The Duchess of Cornwall has always shown an interest in literacy for young people. She is Patron of the National Literacy Trust, BookTrust, First Story and Beanstalk.
Prince Charles and the Duchess then travelled to the Republic of Ireland to meet with President Mr Michael D. Higgins and his wife, Sabina Higgins at their home of Áras an Uachtaráin.
Ending off a very busy day, the duo attended a reception hosted by Radio presenter Seàn Rocks in support of young people throughout Ireland. The National Youth Orchestra provided the music for the event at the Aras.