The Prince of Wales was joined by the Duchess of Cornwall as they officially reopened Hillsborough Castle in County Down. They unveiled a plaque and toured the house and new visitor facilities which will open to the public on 18 April.
As their visit coincided with their 14th wedding anniversary and Prince Charles quipped “I am enormously grateful to you for coming all this way to celebrate our wedding anniversary.”
The Georgian mansion set within 100 acres of grounds dates back to the 18th century and is the Queen’s official residence in Northern Ireland.
It received a significant £20m makeover which took five years to complete and was described by Prince Charles as a “Herculean task” involving more than 700 contractors and craftspeople.