Charles retraces Queen’s footsteps with visit to Rock of Cashel

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The Prince of Wales followed in the Queen’s footsteps by visiting one of Ireland’s best-known sites on the final day of his visit to the island.

Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary on Friday.

What followed was a day of sightseeing in County Waterford, during which Charles paid tribute to Ireland as a ‘majestic land’ and reaffirmed the couple’s hope of being able to visit every county during their lifetime.

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in the nave of St Patrick’s Rock Cashel Cathedral in 2011 (Bryan O’Brien/Maxwells/PA)

Their visit to the Rock of Cashel comes just over a decade after the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the site.

The monarch and Philip visited the popular tourist attraction, also known as St Patrick’s Rock and once the seat and symbol of the Kings of Munster, during the historic state visit in 2011.

Charles and Camilla posed in front of the ruins of the stone cathedral before being told a brief history of the site, watching a performance by the Cashel Community School choir and signing the guest book.

The couple were greeted by the sound of Welsh-Irish trumpets, similar to those historically used to celebrate the investiture of kings in ceremonies dating back to the Bronze Age.

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall wave as they leave Cahir Castle (Brian Lawless/PA)

A specially composed short fanfare was played on the handmade instruments, reproduced using pieces found at Anglesey in Wales and at Roscrea in Tipperary.

Camilla wore a green pinafore dress and a green crepe coat, similar in style to the queen’s bright green outfit from 2011.

Earlier, the couple visited the Cahir Farmer’s Market, meeting with food producers and community groups from across the county.

Friday’s visit caps Charles and Camilla’s two-day trip to the Republic of Ireland, which followed a two-day stay in Northern Ireland as part of a number of royal visits marking the Jubilee year queen’s platinum.

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