Updated: 10/05/17 : 07:16:07
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Prince Charles and Camilla arrive in Dublin today

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla begin an official visit to Ireland today.

On arrival in Dublin, they will be received by President Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin. This will be the prince's fifth official visit to the Republic.

In 2015 they both travelled to Mullaghmore in Co Sligo where the Prince's great uncle and mentor Lord Mountbatten and three others were killed by the IRA in 1979 as part of a trip of reconciliation.

They will attend ceremonies in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin to commemorate those who died in the First World War and the Easter Rising.

The couple are also due to have a meeting with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny during their stay, and on Thursday they will be visiting Kilkenny.

Mayor of the city, Councillor Patrick O'Neill, says there is great excitement.

He said: "I think we have a strange obsession in Ireland with the royal family to a certain extent, people are kind of intrigued, particularly since Diana's time.

"Everyone is keen to get an invite to meet them, but unfortunately that is not possible."

The Royal couple yesterday visited Northern Ireland where they toured a visitor centre dedicated to the memory of late Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney.

They also undertook a number of engagements, including officially opening a memorial garden to members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) who lost their lives on duty.