Princes Charles and Duchess of Cornwall attend the re-opining of Hillsborough Castle in Ireland 

Charles and Camilla looked in great spirits today as they took a sunny stroll in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle. 

The Georgian castle has undergone a £24 million refurbishment by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces in advance of its opening to the public later this month.

The property near Belfast is the official residence of the Northern Ireland Secretary and has been undergoing renovation for the past five years. 

Charles, 70, looked smart in a blue suit as he strolled with Camilla who looked lovely in a forest green coat and dress, teamed with knee high boots. 

The Prince of Wales, 70 and Duchess of Cornwall, 71, were in Northern Ireland on Tuesday where they attended the re-opening of the Hillsborough Castle

The Prince of Wales, 70 and Duchess of Cornwall, 71, were in Northern Ireland on Tuesday where they attended the re-opening of the Hillsborough Castle

The Prince of Wales, 70 and Duchess of Cornwall, 71, were in Northern Ireland on Tuesday where they attended the re-opening of the Hillsborough Castle

The Prince toured the castle's grounds and met with craftsmen and builders who participated in the project

The Prince toured the castle's grounds and met with craftsmen and builders who participated in the project

The Prince toured the castle’s grounds and met with craftsmen and builders who participated in the project

A bit of chit chat before a big speech. Charles and Camilla enjoyed a moment of quiet conversation before unveiling a plaque to mark their visit

A bit of chit chat before a big speech. Charles and Camilla enjoyed a moment of quiet conversation before unveiling a plaque to mark their visit

A bit of chit chat before a big speech. Charles and Camilla enjoyed a moment of quiet conversation before unveiling a plaque to mark their visit 

Charles’ Prince’s Trust charity was involved in the restoration process, and the royal said Hillsborough Castle was a ‘special place’ as he toured the gardens. 

The heir to the throne expressed his hope that it will attract visitors from throughout Ireland. 

Camilla broke off from her husband to make a solo visit to the new Clore Learning Centre in the castle’s stableyard.

She was greeted by Rupert Gavin, chairman of Historic Royal Palaces, Tom O’Leary, director of public engagement at Historic Royal Palaces and Shan McAnena, public engagement manager at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, before being shown an artwork by Rob Ryan.    

Camilla, wearing a forest green coat and dress, was greeted by local children from Downshire Primary School who offered her a bouquet of flowers

Camilla, wearing a forest green coat and dress, was greeted by local children from Downshire Primary School who offered her a bouquet of flowers

Camilla, wearing a forest green coat and dress, was greeted by local children from Downshire Primary School who offered her a bouquet of flowers 

Camilla paired her coat with a dress of the same colour and suede boots with a black clutch bag

Camilla paired her coat with a dress of the same colour and suede boots with a black clutch bag

Camilla paired her coat with a dress of the same colour and suede boots with a black clutch bag

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Charles seemed particularly happy to spot a friendly squirrel while touring the castle grounds

Charles seemed particularly happy to spot a friendly squirrel while touring the castle grounds

Charles seemed particularly happy to spot a friendly squirrel while touring the castle grounds  

His Prince's Trust charity was involved in the restoration process, which took five years and cost £24M

His Prince's Trust charity was involved in the restoration process, which took five years and cost £24M

His Prince’s Trust charity was involved in the restoration process, which took five years and cost £24M

Charles seemed to enjoy his time spent with the builders and workers who participated in the refurbishment of the castle

Charles seemed to enjoy his time spent with the builders and workers who participated in the refurbishment of the castle

Charles seemed to enjoy his time spent with the builders and workers who participated in the refurbishment of the castle

The duchess went on to participate in craft activities with children from the nearby Downshire Primary School, as well as older people from Lisburn’s Lille Court residential home. 

She was presented with a bouquet of beautiful spring blooms to mark the occasion, before the couple unveiled a plaque commemorating their visit.  

The prince also toured the State Dining Room and a stateroom called the Red Room, as well as the Throne Room.

The Prince and Duchess unveiled a commemorative stone engraved with the date of the castle's re-opening

The Prince and Duchess unveiled a commemorative stone engraved with the date of the castle's re-opening

The Prince and Duchess unveiled a commemorative stone engraved with the date of the castle’s re-opening

Charles looked in excellent spirits as he made his way around Hillsborough Castle. The castle and its grounds belong to the Queen, but are the official residence of Northern Ireland's Secretary of State

Charles looked in excellent spirits as he made his way around Hillsborough Castle. The castle and its grounds belong to the Queen, but are the official residence of Northern Ireland's Secretary of State

Charles looked in excellent spirits as he made his way around Hillsborough Castle. The castle and its grounds belong to the Queen, but are the official residence of Northern Ireland’s Secretary of State

As he re-opened the Castle, Prince Charles said he hope the newly refurbished castle would attract visitors from throughout Ireland

As he re-opened the Castle, Prince Charles said he hope the newly refurbished castle would attract visitors from throughout Ireland

As he re-opened the Castle, Prince Charles said he hope the newly refurbished castle would attract visitors from throughout Ireland

Camilla and Charles, who were in great spirit, exchanged a few words before they unveiled the commemorative stone

Camilla and Charles, who were in great spirit, exchanged a few words before they unveiled the commemorative stone

Camilla and Charles, who were in great spirit, exchanged a few words before they unveiled the commemorative stone 

Enjoying the view. Charles and Camilla took a moment to appreciate the portraits of the State Dining Room and a stateroom called the Red Room as well as the Throne Room

Enjoying the view. Charles and Camilla took a moment to appreciate the portraits of the State Dining Room and a stateroom called the Red Room as well as the Throne Room

Enjoying the view. Charles and Camilla took a moment to appreciate the portraits of the State Dining Room and a stateroom called the Red Room as well as the Throne Room

Charles took a walk around the castle's ground with one of the persons involved in their renovation

Charles took a walk around the castle's ground with one of the persons involved in their renovation

Charles took a walk around the castle’s ground with one of the persons involved in their renovation 

The duchess also visited a new learning centre in the castle's stable yard

The duchess also visited a new learning centre in the castle's stable yard

The duchess also visited a new learning centre in the castle’s stable yard

The royal couple completed their engagements in Northern Ireland at the unveiling of a new portrait of the Prince of Wales at Hillsborough Castle.

They also met the artist, local man Gareth Reid, who was commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces.

Charles and Camilla have visited Northern Ireland several times in the past, focusing on issues including reconciliation, heritage and indigenous business.

Camilla and Charles took a moment to admire the interiors of the castle after its £24 million makeover

Camilla and Charles took a moment to admire the interiors of the castle after its £24 million makeover

Camilla and Charles took a moment to admire the interiors of the castle after its £24 million makeover

All smiles. The prince also toured the State Dining Room and a stateroom called the Red Room as well as the Throne Room

All smiles. The prince also toured the State Dining Room and a stateroom called the Red Room as well as the Throne Room

All smiles. The prince also toured the State Dining Room and a stateroom called the Red Room as well as the Throne Room

Charles seemed relaxed as he met with local officials present at the re-opening and cracked a few jokes

Charles seemed relaxed as he met with local officials present at the re-opening and cracked a few jokes

Charles seemed relaxed as he met with local officials present at the re-opening and cracked a few jokes

The Prince of Wales unveiled a portrait of his in one of the rooms of Hillsborough Castle

The Prince of Wales unveiled a portrait of his in one of the rooms of Hillsborough Castle

The Prince of Wales unveiled a portrait of his in one of the rooms of Hillsborough Castle

Looks familiar? Charles had a laugh as he unveiled this portrait of himself by artist Gareth Reid during the reopening

Looks familiar? Charles had a laugh as he unveiled this portrait of himself by artist Gareth Reid during the reopening

Looks familiar? Charles had a laugh as he unveiled this portrait of himself by artist Gareth Reid during the reopening

Another view of the portrait of Prince Charles by artist Gareth Reid at Hillsborough castle

Another view of the portrait of Prince Charles by artist Gareth Reid at Hillsborough castle

Another view of the portrait of Prince Charles by artist Gareth Reid at Hillsborough castle

Ladies first, Charles made sure Camilla would not trip on these steps as they toured the grounds of Hillsborough Castle

Ladies first, Charles made sure Camilla would not trip on these steps as they toured the grounds of Hillsborough Castle

Ladies first, Charles made sure Camilla would not trip on these steps as they toured the grounds of Hillsborough Castle 

The couple paused for a moment on the steps of a pagoda located in the gardens of the castle and enjoyed the April sun

The couple paused for a moment on the steps of a pagoda located in the gardens of the castle and enjoyed the April sun

The couple paused for a moment on the steps of a pagoda located in the gardens of the castle and enjoyed the April sun

 

 

 

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