Royal couple pay respects to revolutionary leaders

The Prince of Wales will meet the Taoiseach at Government Buildings this afternoon

Royal couple pay respects to revolutionary leaders

Britain’s Prince Charles and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphries at the Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin Cemetary in Dublin, 12-05-2107. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews

Updated 12:00

The Prince of Wales has laid a wreath at the 1916 memorial in Glasnevin Cemetery.

Britain’s Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla also visited the graves of Michael Collins and Éamon De Valera this morning – on the last day of their visit to Ireland.

The Prince is set to visit government buildings this afternoon to meet with the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

The Duchess meanwhile will visit the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. 

Minister of State Sean Canney met with Prince Philip yesterday – he said the visit is hugely significant in terms of the relationship between Ireland and the UK.

“What he will take away is that we in this country are great friends with the UK,” he said. “Despite the fact that the Brexit situation is ongoing at the moment, I think the friendship we have between the UK and Ireland is sacrosanct and it will not be broken.”

He said the visit will further cement the close ties between the two regions.

After yesterday's events in Kilkenny - which included meeting hurling legends Brian Cody and Henry Shefflin - Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said the visit is important.

Minister Flanagan observed: "The important thing is that he has an opportunity of seeing Ireland's at its best here, in May.

"I was struck by the level of engagement. He spoke to farmers about the challenges that are faced, he spoke to some businesspeople, he spoke to some young people, some schoolchildren."

He added: "He gets a good feel of Ireland - what it means to live in Ireland in our modern times."