British King Charles III visited Northern Ireland. He plans to meet with local politicians, including republican politicians, who do not recognize British sovereignty. The King will also accept condolences from the Northern Ireland Assembly and attend a memorial service to Elizabeth II.
Due to the continuing distrust between the two communities in Ireland The North – unionists and republicans – is the hardest part of the new monarch’s journey through the three remaining except Englandpart of the United Kingdom. Before that, he was in Scotlandand on Friday he goes to Wales.
Nevertheless, on the way to Hillsborough Castle outside Belfast, which is the royal residence in Northern Ireland, the King and Queen Consort Camilla welcomed crowds. Some of them lined the route before dawn.
“I am taking up my new responsibilities with the resolve to seek the welfare of all the people of Northern Ireland,” King Charles III said on Tuesday, recalling the “shining example” his mother had set. – At the very beginning of her service, the Queen made a promise to devote herself to her country and her people, and to uphold the principles of constitutional government. She kept this promise with steadfast faith – he added.
The king will meet with the leader of the party that does not recognize British sovereignty
At Hillsborough Castle, Charles III will receive in audience the British Minister for Northern Ireland Chris Heaton-Harris, and then the leaders of Northern Irish political parties. Among them will be Michelle O’Neill, vice president of the Republican party Sinn Fein, who has been appointed head of the Northern Irish government. Sinn Fein does not recognize British sovereignty over Northern Ireland and seeks the unification of Ireland. Sinn Fein representatives did not attend the reading of the proclamation of the Accession Council on Sunday, which states that Charles III took the throne after the death of Elizabeth II, but O’Neill expressed her condolences pointing to the role the monarchs played in reconciliation in the province.
Later, the king and queen consort will attend a service at St. Anne in Belfast, during which Elizabeth II will be remembered. The new British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, will also participate.
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