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Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall visit Fermanagh

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Media captionThe Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were given a tour of the Enniskillen Castle Museums

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have visited County Fermanagh at the start of a two-day visit to Northern Ireland.

The Royal couple's first engagement was the Enniskillen Castle Museums.

They were shown the Drumclay crannog, an ancient burial site that was discovered in 2012.

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.

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Image caption Prince Charles meets Aughakillymaude Mummers, who keep alive the ancient folk tradition
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Image caption The Aughakillymaude Mummers are named after a local townland - they perform an ancient mid-winter hero/combat folk drama
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Image caption The prince met men dressed in period military costume
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Image caption Prince Charles was introduced to staff at Enniskillen Castle museum

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.

She also viewed a display of Belleek china and a block of butter unearthed in a Fermanagh bog that was found to be more than 1,000 years old.

On their second engagement of the day, the couple were 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).

Guests included Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, Stormont Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and NITB chairman Howard Hastings.

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