The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have arrived in Northern Ireland for a two day visit.
The royals landed in Belfast at lunchtime on May 18th 2021 and headed straight to Belfast City Hall where they heard about events marking the centenary of Northern Ireland.
Their trip comes just days after The Queen sent a message to the people of Northern Ireland on the 100th anniversary of its creation. It came into existence in May 1921 following the partition of Ireland.Embed from Getty Images
During their time at the City Hall, the couple spoke to historians about the centenary and the way it is being marked. Belfast City Hall was the setting for Northern Ireland’s first parliament, opened almost exactly 100 years ago by the prince’s great grandfather, King George V. The Decades of Centenaries programme currently running in Belfast includes work to conserve the chairs used by George and his wife, Queen Mary, at the opening of the parliament. On the anniversary itself, June 22nd, a drama and re-enactment will see the King’s Speech performed in the City Council chamber to mark the historic moment.Embed from Getty Images
The Duchess of Cornwall also heard about ambitions for Belfast to become a UNESCO City of Music by 2023. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall also spoke to staff at the City Hall to discuss the past, present and future of Belfast and learn of the new vision for the city
The stop in the heart of Belfast was the first of their engagements in a packed two day programme.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall last visited Northern Ireland in September 2020.
Royal Central will bring you full coverage of the visit over the coming days.