Northern Ireland

Prince Edward starts two-day visit in County Fermanagh

Prince Edward meeting primary schoolchildren from County Cavan.
Image caption Prince Edward's first stop was the 18th Century estate of Florence Court

The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, has arrived in County Fermanagh at the start of a two-day visit.

The royal helicopter landed at Florence Court, where the prince met primary schoolchildren from County Cavan.

The prince, who last visited NI in 2015, toured the mansion before having a look at the kitchen garden, which is undergoing restoration.

He also met staff and volunteers from conservation charity, the National Trust.

Image copyright National Trust
Image caption Florence Court is run by the National Trust

The prince's next engagement was to officially open a new £400,000 extension and refurbishment at a scout hut in Cladagh Glen.

Scouts demonstrated bush craft and camping, and the royal visitor even tried his hand at tomahawk throwing.

The rain began to fall heavily as he unveiled a plaque to commemorate his visit.

"I have to warn you that the unveiling of a plaque is not necessarily the most exciting thing that has happened in your lives," he joked, before asking the crowd to pretend and cheer for the cameras.

He was then entertained with songs around a campfire before moving on to the Lakeland Community Centre in Belcoo.

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