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Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall visit Army barracks

Prince Charles met soldiers from the Mercian Regiment during his visit to Palace Barracks
Image caption Prince Charles met soldiers from the Mercian Regiment during his visit to Palace Barracks

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have been carrying out a second day of engagements in Northern Ireland.

At Hillsborough, Prince Charles led an investiture, where local people where given OBEs and MBEs.

The Royal couple later visited Palace Barracks, Holywood, County Down.

Prince Charles toured a gym where soldiers from the Mercian Regiment showed off their boxing skills.

The Prince is colonel-in-chief of the Mercian Regiment, which was formed in 2007 in Staffordshire.

The Duchess of Cornwall spent time with families on the base before joining children for an Easter egg hunt in the garrison church.

The Royal couple's trip to Northern Ireland began in County Fermanagh on Tuesday.

Their first engagement was the Enniskillen Castle Museums.

Prince Charles was also given a tour of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Museum, where he was given an overview of the regiment's history.

Meanwhile, the Duchess viewed a painting that depicted the Queen's visit to St Michael's Catholic Church during her Diamond Jubilee visit to the area.

The couple were also given a tour of Florence Court, an 18th century mansion.

On Tuesday evening, the Royal couple attended a reception at Hillsborough Castle hosted by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB).

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