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Charles and Camilla attend ceremony at Glasnevin Cemetery

Deborah McAleese, Press Association
12 May, 2017 13:06

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have taken part in a ceremony at a war memorial in Dublin's Glasnevin Cemetery on the final day of their tour of the island of Ireland.

Charles and Camilla attended the unveiling of Victoria Cross paving stones in memory of four Irish-born soldiers - Corporal John Cunningham, Company Sergeant Major Robert Hill Hanna, Lieutenant Frederick Maurice Watson Harvey and Private Michael James O'Rourke.

The soldiers were awarded the Victoria Cross in 1917.

Charles paused at the paving stone of Corporal Cunningham after he unveiled the memorial stone.

The Duchess bowed her head as she unveiled the paving stone in memory of Sergeant Major Hill Hanna.

Prince Charles and Arts Minister Heather Humphreys then laid wreaths at the Cross of Sacrifice.

This is the final day of the royal couple's four-day visit to the island of Ireland.

In one of his last engagements of the day, Charles will meet with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The royal couple also took part in a ceremony at a memorial marking the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

The short ceremony was held at the Necrology Wall, which bears the names of all who died in the rebellion, Irish and British, military, police and civilian.

Charles and Ms Humpreys laid wreaths at the wall.

A minute's silence was followed by a piper's lament.

The decision to include the names of all who had died was a cause of controversy last year and in April the wall was vandalised.

During a tour of the cemetery the royal couple paused to look at the graves of Eamon de Valera, Michael Collins and Maud Gonne.

They also stopped at the grave of James Joyce's parents.

12 May, 2017 13:06 Republic of Ireland news