Charles, 69, and Camilla, 70, were met by flag-waving crowds as they arrived in Cork on the first day of the trip, which is being made at the Government’s request.
The royal couple have spent the last few days touring Northern Ireland.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall kicked off a two-day visit to the Republic of Ireland on Thursday. Pictured, the royal couple with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (second from left) and Lord Mayor of Cork Tony Fitzgerald (left)
Charles, 69, and Camilla, 70, were met by flag-waving crowds as they arrived in Cork on the first day of the trip, which is being made at the Government’s request
The royal couple, pictured today, have spent the last few days touring Northern Ireland
Charles appeared in good spirits as he greeted Lord Mayor of Cork Tony Fitzgerald
Their first stop today is the city’s iconic English Market, which is celebrating its 230th anniversary this year.
It first began trading meat in 1788 but fish, vegetables, fruit and other goods were later added and today it serves all markets, from those wanting the latest trends in cuisine to locals buying traditional fare such as tripe or blood pudding known as drisheen.
Later the heir to the throne and his wife will attend a civic reception at Cork’s City Hall where the prince will give a speech to invited guests.
Charles waved to crowds of well-wishers who gathered at the English Market this morning
The couple will carry out separate itineraries with the prince visiting University College Cork, the National Maritime College of Ireland and a naval base, while the duchess will tour the Cuanlee Refuge, and the National Guide Dogs Training Centre.
Clarence House said about the visit to the Republic: ‘Made at the request of the British Government, their royal highnesses’ visit to Ireland will highlight the essential partnership and friendship between the two nations, as well as the deep connections between their people.
The royal was accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, pictured
‘This is the fourth visit their royal highnesses have made to Ireland in as many years, and offers a further opportunity to celebrate the enduring nature of the relationship.’
After visiting Belfast on Tuesday the couple ended their visit by travelling to Omagh on Wednesday, travelling to the scene of one of the biggest mass killings in the Northern Ireland conflict.
The heir to the throne and his wife reflected in silence at a memorial garden dedicated to 29 people and two unborn babies killed by the Real IRA Omagh car bomb blast in August 1998.