The King tours UK: Northern Ireland welcomes Charles III.

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The King is touring the UK
Northern Ireland welcomes Charles III.

His mother has been dead less than a week, except for King Charles III. the daily work has already begun. After the procession and vigil in Scotland, he now visits Northern Ireland. The reception is quite warm.

With cheers and gun salutes Charles III. received on his first visit as king to Northern Ireland. The new monarch and his wife, consort Camilla, don’t just shake hands in front of the Hillsborough residence. The couple also viewed the hundreds of bouquets laid outside the palace in honor of the late Queen Elizabeth II. School children waved British flags.

The King wanted to meet with leaders of all parties and representatives of all religious groups in Hillsborough. Then his participation in an Anglican service in Belfast was on the agenda. It is Charles’ 40th visit to Northern Ireland – but his first as king.

Also planning a trip to Wales

The visit to the former civil war province takes place against the background of great political tension. Irish nationalist Sinn Fein won the last regional elections for the first time in the province’s history. However, the regional government has been paralyzed for months by conflict with the pro-British DUP.

Under the 1998 peace agreement, the government in Belfast is to be led jointly by Catholic nationalists and Protestant trade unionists. Nationalists hope for a better chance of Northern Ireland’s reunification with the Republic of Ireland after the Queen’s death. The pro-British Unionists, who were loyal to the Queen, were vehemently against this.

Elizabeth II died on Thursday at the age of 96 at her Scottish estate Balmoral. Two days later, their son Charles was officially proclaimed the new king. The 73-year-old then traveled from England to Scotland to lead a procession carrying his mother’s coffin through the capital on Monday, followed by a vigil. After his journey to Northern Ireland, a detour to Wales, the fourth part of the United Kingdom, is also on the program.

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