Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have kicked off their Irish visit with a trip to Cork's famous English Market.
The British Royals will be here for two days.
The Tánaiste Simon Coveney met with the pair as they arrived at the cork market this morning.
Their itinerary includes dinner with Minister Coveney this evening as well as a reception with the Lord Mayor of Cork at City Hall.
Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla meet the Tánaiste Simon Coveney at Cork’s English Market, 14-Jun-2018. Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images
They will also visit the Naval Service headquarters at Haulbowline in Cork Harbour.
Prince Charles is expected to board the LÉ William Butler Yeats at the harbour.
They will then spend tomorrow in County Kerry, where they will visit the Ring of Kerry and the Lakes of Killarney.
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These people were among the crowds waiting for them in Cork city centre this morning:
Hundreds of Gardaí and military personnel are involved in a major security operation for the duration of the visit.
The British Government called for the visit to be arranged amid simmering tensions over Brexit and the future of the Irish border.