Updated: 24/05/16 : 05:47:02
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Prince Charles to visit north west this week

The Prince of Wales, second in line to the British throne, has begun a three-day visit to Ireland. Clarence House has confirmed the news.

The trip began in Belfast yesterday and the Prince will be joined by his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, today.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, the royal couple will visit Donegal Town in the Irish Republic, and celebrate the area's heritage by visiting Magee's - a local company which has been producing tweed for 150 years.

At the Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Charles will meet local entrepreneurs and learn more about the institute's cross-border programmes, while Camilla will visit a local school.

Finally, at Glenveagh Castle the couple will tour the gardens and meet children who have been learning about some of the conservation work which takes place in Glenveagh National Park.

Sligo Visit

The visit comes a year after his Sligo visit where he attended a number of events and toured Mullaghmore, the place where his great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten, was murdered by the IRA in 1979.

At the time he described Mountbatten as the "'grandfather I never had'' and said the murders had given him a deep understanding of the pain suffered by victims of the 30-year Northern Ireland conflict.

It is unsure if he will return privately to the north Sligo seaside village situated only a few miles from the Donegal border.

A Clarence House spokesman said: "The visits will recognise the warm friendship that exists between both countries, promoting understanding of their respective heritage and celebrating the best that each has to offer."

Charles yesterday toured the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) at Queen's University Belfast.

During their visit to Northern Ireland the royal couple will today visit a number of successful local businesses, some of which work in the food and drink sector, as 2016 is the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink.