2015年4月22日星期三

Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall to visit site of Louis Mountbatten's murder

  • Prince Charles to make emotional trip to site where great-uncle was killed
  • Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed in County Sligo by the IRA 35 years ago
  • Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are to visit Ireland next month
  • Visit is being viewed as a positive step towards healing historic wounds

Prince Charles will make an emotional trip to County Sligo where his great-uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed by the IRA 35 years ago.

Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are to visit the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in May in what is seen as a positive step towards healing historic wounds.

They will stop off at the tiny village of Mullaghmore, near Classiebawn Castle, where the Mountbatten family holidayed every August before the IRA attack in 1979.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are to visit the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in May and will make a trip to County Sligo where his great-uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed by the IRA

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are to visit the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in May and will make a trip to County Sligo where his great-uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed by the IRA

At his memorial service, Prince Charles – who had always been close to his great-uncle who he knew as ‘Uncle Dickie’ – attacked ‘the kind of subhuman extremist that blows people up when he feels like it’.

It is understood that Prince Charles will be the first member of the Royal family to visit Mullaghmore.

Next month’s visit will be seen as a major move towards reconciliation and has been welcomed by both Nationalist and Unionist politicians.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said: ‘I hope this visit will be an occasion to promote reconciliation, respect and understanding.’

Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, said: ‘Following the reciprocal state visits of recent years, this visit to Ireland will represent a further expression of the warm and friendly relations which now exist between us.

‘We look forward to their arrival next month, and to a visit programme which reflects the quality of these relations.’

Lord Louis Mountbatten, a second cousin to the Queen and great-uncle to Prince Charles, was murdered by the IRA in 1979. The Prince of Wales is due to visit County Sligo, where his 'Uncle Dickie' was killed, next month

Lord Louis Mountbatten, a second cousin to the Queen and great-uncle to Prince Charles, was murdered by the IRA in 1979. The Prince of Wales is due to visit County Sligo, where his 'Uncle Dickie' was killed, next month

During the visit to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the royals will stop off at the tiny village of Mullaghmore, near Classiebawn Castle, where the Mountbatten family holidayed every August before the IRA attack 35 years ago. Pictured: Prince Charles and Princess Anne at Lord Louis Mountbatten's funeral in 1979

During the visit to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the royals will stop off at the tiny village of Mullaghmore, near Classiebawn Castle, where the Mountbatten family holidayed every August before the IRA attack 35 years ago. Pictured: Prince Charles and Princess Anne at Lord Louis Mountbatten's funeral in 1979

It is understood that Prince Charles will be the first member of the Royal family to visit Mullaghmore since the IRA attack. Pictured: The prince sheds a tear at the funeral of his great-uncle who he knew as ‘Uncle Dickie’

At his memorial service, Prince Charles – who had always been close to his great-uncle who he knew as ‘Uncle Dickie’ – attacked ‘the kind of subhuman extremist that blows people up when he feels like it’

It is understood that Prince Charles will be the first member of the Royal family to visit Mullaghmore since the IRA attack. Pictured: The prince sheds a tear at the funeral of his great-uncle who he knew as ‘Uncle Dickie’

Clarence House said: ‘At the request of the British Government, their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit Ireland in May.

‘Their Royal Highnesses will also visit Northern Ireland in the same period. The four-day visit to both countries will take place from 19th to 22nd May 2015.

‘Planning is still in progress and more details will be released in due course.’

It is highly unusual for a high-profile royal visit to Northern Ireland to be announced in advance and is testament to how far security concerns have improved in recent years.



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