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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall welcome President Higgins to the UK

8th April 2014

The Prince of Wales talks to President Higgins at the Embassy of Ireland in London

The Prince of Wales talks to President Higgins at the Embassy of Ireland in London

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall welcomed Irish President Michael D Higgins to the UK today as part of the Irish state visit.

Mr Higgins and his wife Sabina met Their Royal Highnesses at the Embassy of Ireland in London before they travelled with them to Windsor for the Official Welcome Ceremony with The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

The streets of Windsor were decked out in Union flags and Irish Tricolours this morning ahead of the visit.

After the guests were honoured with two separate gun salutes, The Queen and President Higgins entered the castle in the Australian State Coach, before Mr Higgins and The Duke inspected troops of The Queen's Company, Grenadier Guards.

The Queen welcomes President Higgins to the UK during the Official Welcome Ceremony at Windsor Castle, Berkshire

The Queen welcomes President Higgins to the UK during the Official Welcome Ceremony at Windsor Castle, Berkshire

Major Andrew Seddon, Captain of The Queen's Company Grenadier Guards, invited Mr Higgins to inspect the guard of honour, speaking to him in Irish.

The Irish Guards were represented by their regimental band as the troops are currently on peacekeeping duties in Cyprus.

Mr Higgins presented a new ceremonial red coat to its regimental mascot, an Irish wolfhound called Domhnall of Shantamon.

Colour Sergeant Frankie Whelan, 36, an Irish Guardsman who was born in Ireland and grew up in County Wicklow before his family emigrated to London 25 years ago, was at the castle.

He said today was a proud day for soldiers from the Republic, adding: "I'm very proud today for all Irish soldiers, whether they be in the Irish Guards or Irish Regiment."

The theme of the state visit will be on the two countries' shared histories.

This evening, a State Banquet will be held by The Queen at Windsor Castle.