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King Charles III and Camilla Visit Northern Ireland for 1st Time as Monarch and Queen Consort After Queen Elizabeth’s Death

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Keeping calm and carrying on. Less than one week after Queen Elizabeth II’s death, King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla visited Northern Ireland.The royals arrived at Hillsborough Castle in Belfast on Tuesday, September 13, as part of their U.K.

tour. They viewed the tributes, including flowers and handwritten notes, left in honor of the late queen, who died on Thursday, September 8, at age 96.

They also attended a Service of Reflection in honor of the queen at St Anne’s Cathedral.While addressing Irish residents for the first time as king, Charles, 73, said he’d continue his mother’s mission to maintain the welfare of Northern Ireland.“In the years since she began her long life of public service, my mother saw Northern Ireland pass through momentous and historic changes,” the new regent said in a speech on Tuesday. “Through all those years, she never ceased to pray for the best of times for this place and for its people, whose stories she knew, whose sorrows our family had felt, and for whom she had a great affection and regard.”“My mother felt deeply, I know, the significance of the role she herself played in bringing together those whom history had separated, and in extending a hand to make possible the healing of long-held hurts,” he continued. “At the very beginning of her life of service, The Queen made a pledge to dedicate herself to her country and her people and to maintain the principles of constitutional government.

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