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LIVE BLOG: Charles & Camilla's Waterford Visit

LIVE BLOG: Charles & Camilla's Waterford Visit

14:15:

Meanwhile, Camilla is at Knockeen Stud where she was overheard saying "you can't beat a good mare."

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14:10

Prince Charles is planting potatoes with primary school children from St LorcΓ‘ins NS.

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1:50pm:

We've now moved on to Grow HQ on the Dunmore Road...

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12:50pm

Prince Charles making his speech at Waterford City Hall

12:20pm

Prince Charles and Camilla arrive to a round of applause at Waterford City Hall.

12:00pm

Beat's Big Lunch presenter David Hammond has managed to shake the hand of the Prince of England.

@beat102103 that moment when our own @mrdavidhammond ♬ original sound - Beat.

Prince Charles also met with American tourists and expressed his joy to see that people are again allowed to travel following the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

11:45am

The Royal Party will attend the Mayoral Reception, with Waterford actor Jamie Beamish present too.

11:30am

Prince Charles has arrived along with Camilla!

Waterford and Bridgerton actor Jamie Beamish is among the guests at the Mayor Reception.

11:00 am

Check out the amazing reaction of the Mount Sion Choir when they found out they were going to sing for Charles & Camilla.

10:50am

Prince Charles is expected to make a speech this afternoon along with meeting members of the Ukrainian community in Waterford following Russia's invasion of their country. While Tipp jockey and Gold Cup winner at this year's Cheltenham Festival Rachel Blackmore is expected to meet with Camilla.

We understand Prince Charles is here in the context of a changed Europe with this being the first visit since the death of his dad Prince Phillip. Passionate about Ireland, he has made it his mission to visit every county.

10:20am

The Dunmore Road will have a brief rolling closure for around twenty minutes as the Royal Party arrives at Grow, between University Hospital Waterford roundabout and Williamstown roundabout on the Outer Ring Road.

The Dunmore Road itself will not close. There are restrictions on the footpath around Grow HQ at present.

9:40 am

Mayor of Waterford Joe Kelly says the trip will inspire others from around the world to visit Waterford.

9:30 am

The Mall and the Quay from the Post Office heading towards Reginald's Tower are closed to traffic ahead of the visit.

9:00 am

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will pay a visit to Ireland’s oldest city on Thursday, as they continue their tour of the island.

Charles and Camilla, who are on their sixth official joint trip to the Republic of Ireland, will take in the sights of Waterford, fresh from their two-day stint in Northern Ireland.

It is the royal couple’s first time officially visiting the county, which will be followed by a journey to Co Tipperary where they will finish their visit on Friday.

During the trip, the pair will meet local people, as well as first responders who worked to support others throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Charles, a passionate environmentalist, will also meet farmers, officials and community organisers to see the work they are doing to produce food and drink more sustainably in an effort to help the country meet climate change goals.

The couple will also meet members of the Ukrainian community in Ireland.

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Morning! Robbie Byrne, Beat's Digital Editor here. I'll be keeping you updated here on Charles & Camilla's visit to Waterford, while our News Editor, Dean Egan, will be out and about following every step of the royal trip.

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