Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the Republic of Ireland next month where they will take in sites such as the Lakes of Killarney. This will be Prince Charles’s first visit to the Kingdom of Kerry and the first visit of a member of The Royal Family since Queen Victoria visited in 1861.
On their visit to Ireland, Charles and Camilla will also pay a visit to Cork where they will visit the naval headquarters in Haulbowline where they will tour a patrol ship and be briefed on Operation Sophia – the rescue mission to save refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean.
According to reports, the naval headquarters visit was at the personal request of Prince Charles allowing him to trace the steps of his illustrious ancestors in Cork and Kerry. The naval base at Haulbowline was visited many times by the ancestors of Prince Charles in the 19th and 20th century during their naval service duties.
Haulbowline has long been a military base and was first fortified in 1602 and was initially an important base for the British Army. It became an important base for the Royal Navy given its control of the Atlantic trade route between North America and Europe. Haulbowline was also where the infamous HMS Dreadnought, championed by ancestors of Prince Charles, underwent gunnery trials.
Charles and Camilla’s visit to the Kingdom of Kerry will see them take in the Lakes of Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Muckross and the Gap of Dunloe. Much of their visit to Kerry will see Charles focus on conservation issues but there will be time for a few private tours of the region’s hotspots.
It is understood that Prince Charles has wanted to visit this particular region for a number of years. This will be Charles’s fourth visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited Kerry in 1861 along with the Prince of Wales, Prince Alfred, Princess Alice and Princess Helena. The royal party stayed at Killarney House, home of the Earl of Kenmare. The Queen and her family then travelled on to Muckross.
Charles and Camilla will also visit the National Maritime College of Ireland.