The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall spend a final day in Ireland


Today marked the final day of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall's tour to Northern Ireland and Ireland. 

Their Royal Highnesses attend a remembrance service at Glasnevin cemetery, Dublin
Their Royal Highnesses attend a remembrance service at Glasnevin cemetery, Dublin

The day began at Glasnevin Cemetery where Their Royal Highnesses attended a service of remembrance. During the ceremony Their Royal Highnesses witnessed the unveiling of Victoria Cross paving stones created in memory of four Irish soldiers who were awarded the medal for their service during the First World War. The Prince laid a wreath at the Cross of Sacrifice before visiting the Necrology Wall, created to honour all those who were killed during the Easter Uprising of 1916. 

Speaking about the event, His Royal Highness said, "My wife and I were deeply moved to join acts of remembrance. It's so very important we are able to come together to honour the memory of so many men and women from all sides whose sacrifice shaped our shared history."

His Royal Highness then proceeded to the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin where he visited the Curvilinear Range Glasshouse which holds several unique species, including the abutilon pitcairnense, a plant native to the Pitcairn Island which is extinct in the wild. During the visit The Prince also saw the Wild Ireland Garden and a historic reconstruction of a Viking dwelling. 

Leaving the gardens, His Royal Highness paid a visit to the Taoiseach, head of the Irish government, Mr. Enda Kenny. A private meeting was held after which The Prince signed the visitors' book. The book has previously been signed by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh during a visit to Ireland in 2011. 

The Prince's next stop was Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services where he visited the new state of the art Palliative Care Centre. During the visit His Royal Highness learned about the facilities' use of art therapy and spent some time in the Bloom Garden before meeting staff, patients and supporters.

HRH meets patients at Our Lady's Hospice
HRH meets patients at Our Lady's Hospice

The Duchess, meanwhile, also travelled to Dublin to visit Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. Her Royal Highness is keen to raise awareness for the support available to victims of rape and sexual abuse and recently founded the Wash Bag Project – which provides free toiletries to those undergoing examinations following sexual assault – in partnership with Sexual Assault Referral Centres in the UK.

While at the Centre, The Duchess met telephone councillors in the space's dedicated Telephone Helpline Room and spoke with clients about their experiences. 

Her Royal Highness then moved on to the Airfield Estate and Farm, an organisation that aims to inspire people to refresh their connection with food and the land it comes from through engaging educational activities with children from disadvantaged background. At the farm The Duchess planted a tree to commemorate the visit before meeting children from Queen of Angels School who were learning about egg collecting. 

The final stop of the day was the official residence of the British Ambassador, where Their Royal Highnesses attended a reception.