Prince Charles' personal pilgrimage for adored relative

  • 20 May 2015
  • From the section UK
Prince Charles in Mullaghmore
The Prince of Wales visited the coastal village of Mullaghmore in County Sligo

"I do wish I could come and see it," Prince Charles wrote to Lord Mountbatten about Classiebawn Castle - his godfather's County Sligo summer residence. "I know I would be captivated by it."

The letter was sent in 1979. In Mullaghmore this afternoon, the prince belatedly fulfilled that wish - and he also met some of the people who responded to the slaughter at sea more than three decades ago.

This was a personal pilgrimage by a future British king to an Irish seaside village in honour of a relative he adored.

It was also about achieving yet another little step along the path of an improving relationship between Britain and Ireland. It's what this royal visit has been about.

Prince Charles summed it up when he quoted these lines by the Sligo poet WB Yeats:

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Prince Charles in Mullaghmore: A time for reflection

  • 20 May 2015
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Lord Mountbatten and Prince Charles
Lord Mountbatten, far right, was killed in 1979 by an IRA bomb

The island of Ireland's troubled past was littered with bleak days.

One of them was 27 August 1979.

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The historic handshake of Prince Charles and Gerry Adams

  • 19 May 2015
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Prince Charles and Gerry Adams
Prince Charles met Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams at a meeting at the University of Galway

A handshake - an everyday action for so many of us - is invested with so much more when it's in the context of the evolving and improving relationship between Britain and Ireland.

This one was once unthinkable. It lasted some 12 seconds.

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Prince Charles's Ireland visit to set new milestone

  • 19 May 2015
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Prince of Wales

When the Queen shook hands with Martin McGuinness it was an historic moment for the relationship between Britain and Ireland.

The two countries' deep, once troubled history, will pass another striking milestone when the Queen's eldest son - who is colonel-in-chief of the Parachute Regiment - meets Gerry Adams, the president of Sinn Féin, who has always denied being a member of the IRA.

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Prince Charles: The lobbying prince

  • 13 May 2015
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The publication of Prince Charles's secret letters offers the briefest of glimpses of Charles, the lobbying prince.

Prince Charles

And lobbying on an eye-watering range of subjects: historic buildings, herbal medicine, the albatross, healthy food and sustainable fishing.

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Prince Charles's private letters become public

  • 13 May 2015
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Prince Charles's letters will be examined for evidence of pressure put on ministers

On Wednesday, secret letters sent by the Prince of Wales to Labour government ministers are to be published following a decade-long campaign by the Guardian newspaper.

In public - in speeches, on television and through articles - Prince Charles has, for decades, attempted to influence public opinion on matters that he cares passionately about.

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Royal baby Charlotte given a family name

  • 4 May 2015
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The new Princess of Cambridge
Charlotte, the feminine form of Charles, has a long royal pedigree

Hard facts and royal pregnancies, labours and births are not natural bedfellows.

They represent a moment where the very personal, a couple celebrating the arrival of a daughter, collide with the very public - the father is a future king.

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Royal baby: New princess faces a global fascination

  • 3 May 2015
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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emerge from St Mary's Hospital with their new baby daughter on 2 May 2015

The princess has spent her first night in a palace which will be one of her homes as she grows up.

Her public appearance, with her parents leaving hospital, will be the exception not the rule.

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Lindo Wing confirmed for royal birth

  • 9 April 2015
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Prince George on 2 July 2014
Prince George's sibling will be born in the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital

In the coming weeks the brown door of a private maternity wing will once again become the focus of considerable global attention.

The American networks aren't distracted by a domestic election.

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Prince Charles's letters will reveal thoughts on government

  • 26 March 2015
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What was once private, will now — at some stage — be very public.

A future king's letters to seven government ministers — written, no doubt, in his distinctive style which includes plenty of underlinings and exclamation marks.

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