Royal Visit to Northern Ireland: Day 1

This afternoon, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Northern Ireland. To begin, Their Royal Highnesses attended a Garden Party at Castle Coole.

The 1,000 guests at the Garden Party consisted of representatives from all eight lieutenancies in Northern Ireland.

Following this, The Prince and The Duchess attended a 'Celebration of Community' event in Lisnaskea. Upon arrival, Their Royal Highnesses met a group of walkers from The Big Lunch, who are walking through Northern Ireland to highlight the community benefits of the initiative, which encourages people to get together with their neighbours to share food and build friendships.  

Her Royal Highness joined The Big Lunch and met people from the Oak Healthy Living Centre, who were carving vegetables and carrying out craft activities. The Duchess of Cornwall has been Patron of The Big Lunch since 2013.

Meanwhile, The Prince met local businesses, including traditional boat makers and a group of farmers who had participated in The Prince’s Countryside Fund’s programme in County Fermanagh. The Prince's Farm Resilience Programme was launched in 2016 and aims to provide business support and one-to-one guidance to family farms each year, as well as giving them the tools to evaluate their viability and long-term sustainability.