King Charles will travel to Northern Ireland for the first time as monarch as the world continues to pay tribute to his late mother, the Queen. Charles and Camilla, the Queen Consort, will travel to Hillsborough Castle and Belfast for several engagements including a memorial service for the late monarch.
The new King is visiting each of the four nations England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. on his Operation Spring Tide tour around the UK with the Queen Consort.
After touching down in Belfast, Charles and Camilla are to travel to Hillsborough Castle in Co Down, the royal residence in Northern Ireland, for several engagements.
People continue to congregate at Hillsborough Castle where a large number of floral tributes have been laid in tribute to the UK’s longest reigning monarch.
A significant security operation is underway in the Co Down village of Hillsborough ahead of the royal visit.
The royal couple will hold a private audience with the new Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris, as well as meeting representatives of political parties in the region.
They will then receive a message of condolence on behalf of the people of Northern Ireland from the speaker of the Stormont Assembly Alex Maskey.
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Before leaving, Charles and Camilla will undertake a walkabout at Writers’ Square.
Although the square will be closed to the public, people are being invited to line the route to Hillsborough Castle and the route to the cathedral.
The royal couple will travel along Main Street and Lisburn Street in Hillsborough before heading to Belfast along Wellington Place, Donegall Square North, Chichester Street and Victoria Street.
Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney are due to attend the memorial service at St Anne’s Cathedral.
King Charles began his tour of the UK with a visit to the Scottish parliament and a service at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.
The final part of the royal’s trip will see the King travelling to Wales where he will receive another motion of condolence at the Welsh parliament and attend a service at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff.
Charles and Camilla will return to London tonight to watch the Queen’s coffin arrive after it departs from Scotland for the very last time at 6pm.
The Queen’s coffin has remained at St Giles’ Cathedral for a 24-hour period before it is flown to London tonight where the new Prince and Princess of Wales will join Charles and Camilla and other royals to watch it arrive.
Her coffin will be flown from Edinburgh Airport to London on an RAF Globemaster C-17 flight, accompanied by her daughter the Princess Royal.
The King will be joined by Camilla as he receives his mother’s coffin at Buckingham Palace, where she spent so many of her decades as sovereign.
On Wednesday, it will lay in state at Westminster Hall and huge crowds are expected to queue overnight to pay their respects to the monarch over four days before her funeral next Monday.
Members of the public are already queueing for the Queen’s lying in state at Westminster Hall and thousands are still placing floral tributes in Green Park.