King Charles III and Queen Consort arrive in Northern Ireland

On his first visit to Northern Ireland as King, Charles III said his mother “never ceased to pray for the best of times for this place and its people”.

The King also received a message of condolence from the speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Sinn Féin’s Alex Maskey said the Queen recognised how a “small but significant gesture can make a huge difference in changing attitudes”.

Accompanied by Camilla, the Queen Consort, the King arrived at midday.

The royal couple then travelled to the royal village of Hillsborough, where hundreds of people had gathered.

Hillsborough Castle, the only royal residence in Northern Ireland, has been a focal point for floral tributes.

The King met privately with Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris and senior representatives from Stormont’s political parties.

Later, Prime Minister Liz Truss will join the Royal couple for a service in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast.

The crowds began to gather before dawn in Hillsborough, hoping to get a…

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