Prince Charles and Camilla retrace queen’s steps in Cork.

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(With Minister Simon Coveney and Mayor Tony Fitzgerald at the famous English Market)

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have begun a two-day tour of the Republic of Ireland with a visit to Cork.

Charles and Camilla started by following in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth II in 2011 and travelling to the city’s famous English Market.

They pulled up in their black Audi to the sound of a teenage combo drawn from the Barrack Street Brass Band and Music Generation belting out a clapalong version of Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics.

Prince Charles and Camilla – wearing a powder blue suit and coat – were formally greeted by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney before they turned and walked over to the school children thronging the Grand Parade.

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(People in period costume greet the royal visitors at the English Market to celebrate its 230th Anniversary)

The royal couple were then escorted back to the red carpeted entrance to the English Market by Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald who introduced the ccouple to the Lady Mayoress, G eorgina Fitzgerald.

Also there to welcome the were Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed; Cork City Chief Executive Ann Doherty and English Market General Manager, Orla Lannin.

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(The royal guests cut this cake celebrating the English Market’s 230th birthday and they were presented with this market hamper)

Market manager, Orla Lannin said they have major events planned to celebrate generations of traders, customers and visitors who have passed through the market over the last two centuries.

“To have HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall here at the start of these celebrations is special in so many ways,” she said.

Hundreds of people lined the Grand Parade as Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald and Agriculture Minister Michael Creed accompanied the royal couple through the market.

The royal couple then went to City Hall for a civic reception before visiting UCC later.