Britain’s King Charles III hopes to play a role in resolving the “difficulties posed by Brexit and Protocol” as he becomes the first king to visit the North in almost 80 years.
The historian dr. Eamon Phoenix also believes the new king “will build on the foundations” laid by his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, to improve Anglo-Irish relations.
On a historic visit, the King and Queen consort Camilla will arrive at Belfast City Airport before traveling to Hillsborough Castle and St Anne’s Cathedral.
It was 1945 when King George VI, along with then Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth, made his last visit to Northern Ireland.
He has a great sense of Ireland and a great love for Ireland
dr Phoenix said today’s events will be very “significant” for Northern Ireland.
“[King Charles] will surely see him play a role, if you will, in building on the foundations laid by Queen Elizabeth, particularly in the difficulties brought on by Brexit and the protocol that has governed Anglo-Irish relations in recent years six years,” said Dr. Phoenix .
He continued, “He has a great sense of history and a history degree. He has a great sense of Ireland and a great love for Ireland.
“Indeed, speaking in Waterford last year, he said how privileged he was to play his own small part in the vital process of reconciliation on the island and to reaffirm the essential bond between the Irish and British people.”
In 2015 King Charles visited the village of Mullaghmore in Co Sligo where his beloved great uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed by the IRA in 1979.
As he was leaving port, the royal boat was blown up, killing Lord Mountbatten, Doreen Brabourne (83), Nicholas Knatchbull (14) and Paul Maxwell (15).
The King also shook hands with former Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams during this four-day visit to Ireland, where Dr. Phoenix said they spoke about “divided wounds” after the riots.
“I think you can expect him to make a positive impression [as king] on the relationship between the two islands,” added Dr. Phoenix added.
The Belfast to Dublin train has added a special stop in Lisburn to help people pay tribute to the late Queen at Hillsborough Castle ahead of the King’s first visit to Northern Ireland as monarch.
Flowers will continue to be left in tribute outside the only royal residence in the province and the train will be halted until further notice as Northern Ireland continues its mourning period.
Translink’s cross-border service was discontinued in Lisburn in 2016 due to a lack of demand.
A shuttle bus takes well-wishers to and from the castle, where flowers cover the grounds where special security is in place.
People were asked to bring flowers only and all stuffed animals were donated to local charities.
https://www.independent.ie/news/king-charles-iii-hopes-to-play-role-in-brexit-resolution-as-he-visits-north-41983813.html King Charles III “Hopes to play a role in Brexit resolution” as he visits the North