Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will begin a three day visit to Ireland tomorrow.
The main aim of the royal couple’s stay is to mend Anglo-Irish relations strained by the aftermath of Brexit.
Her visit to Waterford and Tipperary is expected to bring a multi-million euro tourism bonanza to the South East.
The royal couple will arrive in Ireland tomorrow but have no public engagements until Thursday and Friday when they will tour various sites in Waterford and Tipperary.
A massive security operation is already underway for the visit, with British Royal Guards working closely with officers from the Gardaí and Diplomatic Protection Corps.
Special security checks were carried out in three counties for the visit, which is part of the annual spring tour by members of the British royal family.
Specific details of their visits to Waterford and Tipperary are being kept top secret for security reasons.
However, the visits are understood to reflect the Prince and Duchess of Cornwall’s interests and passions – of heritage, agriculture, gardens, architecture, equestrianism, arts, crafts and community development.
Waterford – which will host the bulk of the royal itinerary – is hoping the visit will match the tourism boom Cashel and Cork have seen following Prince Charles’ mother’s high-profile state visit. queen elizabeth II, 2011.
The Queen’s visit to the English Market in Cork city center was so touristy that special arrangements had to be made to handle visitor numbers for years to come.
Cork has also seen a massive surge in tourist numbers from the UK.
Reputed to be Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford has strong historical ties to previous British monarchs.
King Edward VII visited Waterford during his state visit in 1904, but the Déise has hosted monarchs since King John in 1210.
Waterford has transformed its city center over the past 25 years to sensitively focus on its Viking and maritime heritage.
Charles, the heir to the British throne, last visited Ireland in 2019 when he met President Michael D Higgins in Wicklow.
This visit was the Prince of Wales’ fifth to Ireland in five years – with the Republic playing a prominent role in recent royal itineraries.
As is well known, Prince Charles is a close friend of the Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Cavendish, and traveled to visit the Duke, then known as Lord Hartington, at Lismore Castle in West Waterford in March 2004 for the 60th birthday of the Duke.
Lismore and his estate remain one of the most important holdings of the Duke and the Cavendish family.
The Prince was accompanied on this trip in 2004 by Camilla Parker-Bowles and the couple went hiking near The Vee under tight security.
Prince Charles and Camilla were married in a civil ceremony in Windsor the following year.
Last month Queen Elizabeth II said she would like Camilla to be named Queen Consort when her son ascends the throne – a move seen as an important show of support for Prince Charles and the role Camilla has played in recent years played by the royal family.
Queen Elizabeth II visited Dublin, Kildare, Tipperary and Cork as part of a historic royal visit in May 2011.
Ahead of the recent royal visit, major security inspections by the Garda Special Protection Team and members of Britain’s Royal Security Unit have been taking place in parts of central Waterford, Cashel and Cahir in recent weeks.
The Viking Triangle – a sensitively developed part of Waterford city center dating back to when the Vikings founded Waterford as Ireland’s first town – is expected to be part of the royal tour.
The area offers a range of museums and is also close to Waterford Town Hall, the Cathedral of Waterford’s Church of Ireland and the new Waterford Crystal headquarters.
It is unclear if Prince Charles will include Lismore in his Ireland itinerary again.
Lismore Castle has famous connections to royalty and celebrities including Prince John, Walter Raleigh, Fred Astaire, John F Kennedy, Lucian Freud, John Betjeman and Cecil Beaton, all of whom have stayed in the keep overlooking the Blackwater River.
Other members of the royal family are also set to embark on a series of global tours this spring, although Queen Elizabeth II – who was treated for Covid-19 last month – will remain in the UK.
Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge are currently touring Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas.
This year marks Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, with a series of special events to celebrate her role as Britain’s longest reigning monarch.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/prince-charles-and-wife-camilla-to-begin-royal-visit-to-ireland-tomorrow-41474651.html Prince Charles and his wife Camilla begin their royal visit to Ireland tomorrow