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Royal couple on one-day NI visit

The Prince of Wales was shown the village post office of Glenarm by Viscount and Viscountess Dunluce
The Prince of Wales was shown the village post office of Glenarm by Viscount and Viscountess Dunluce

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have been in Northern Ireland for a one-day visit.

The couple stopped off at the harbour in Glenarm, County Antrim, where they discussed the re-launch of the village's organic salmon business.

The royal couple also met 25 people from local community groups, including members of churches in the area.

They also visited the local post office where postmaster William Pullins is about to retire after 28 years.

Mr Pullins said afterwards: "It was a great honour for the village that they came and I'm delighted they dropped into the post office.

Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall
The royal couple visited a number of places in Glenarm

"I was born in this building and succeeded my father as postmaster - between us we've done 50 years in the job."

Mr Pullins said the duchess had been intrigued by a display of signed celebrity photographs mounted on the post office wall.

"She asked about the photographs and wondered if Cilla, Ant and Dec, Paul McCartney, David Jason and the others had ever visited.

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It was a great honour for the village that they came and I'm delighted they dropped into the post office
William Pullins

"I explained I raise money in the post office for Great Ormond Street Hospital in London for children with leukaemia and that each time I responded to an appeal they sent me one of the photographs."

Continuing the tour of the village which can trace its history back to the 12th Century, the royal duo then visited a local jewellery workshop where owners Bill and Christina Steenson were on hand to show a range of locally-produced gold and silver pieces.

The royal couple left the village by car and travelled to Glenarm Castle which is set in a 17th Century deer park and makes up one of Northern Ireland's most important historical landscapes.

There they met members of the Prince's Regeneration Trust and joined in a discussion about the regeneration of the village.

During the visit to the castle, the Duchess of Cornwall was hosted by Lady Dunluce and undertook private engagements.

Before bringing the engagement to a close, the couple had the opportunity to meet staff from the Glenarm Estate and sign the visitors' book.



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