Northern Ireland

Charles and Camilla attend Fermanagh garden party

Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attend a garden party in County Fermanagh, hosted by NI Secretary Karen Bradley, also pictured Image copyright NIO
Image caption The royal couple were hosted by NI Secretary Karen Bradley

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have arrived in County Fermanagh on the second day of their visit to the island of Ireland.

They are guests at the Northern Ireland secretary's garden party, taking place in Castle Coole in Enniskillen.

It is the first time the annual event has moved from Hillsborough Castle in County Down.

This year's event reflects Prince Charles' wish for it to have a cross-Irish border emphasis.

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Image caption About 1,000 guests attended the NI secretary's garden party at Castle Coole

Among the guests are elected representatives from county councils on both sides of the border and members of cross-border bodies.

A small group of protesters campaigned outside the garden party after Ms Bradley was accused of using delaying tactics to stall legislation to compensate victims of institutional abuse in Northern Ireland.

On Tuesday, senior civil servants warned that victims may have to wait for up to two years before any claims were processed.

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Image caption The prince met the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team during a visit to Glendalough on Tuesday

Compensation was recommended in 2017 after a public inquiry into abuse at children's homes and other residential institutions run by the state, churches and charities.

But the power-sharing executive in Northern Ireland collapsed just days after the inquiry report was published, stalling the plans for compensation.

Later on Tuesday, the Royal couple are expected to visit community projects in County Fermanagh.

On Monday, the prince and the duchess spent the first day of their tour in the Republic of Ireland and attended an event at a peace centre, meeting the Irish President Michael D Higgins.

Before arriving in Northern Ireland on Tuesday, Prince Charles went to the National Botanic Gardens at Kilmacurragh in County Wicklow, while Camilla visited Avoca Handweavers in Avoca Village in the same county.

They then travelled to the monastic site at Glendalough before crossing the border into Northern Ireland.

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