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Prince Charles and Camilla meet schoolchildren on day one of Northern Ireland visit 

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were greeted by well-wishers in County Tyrone as they arrived for the start of their four-day visit to Northern Ireland.

Charles and Camilla became the first members of the royal family to visit Cookstown, which boasts one of the longest high streets in all of Ireland, this afternoon. 

A section of the main street was cordoned off to traffic and lined with schoolchildren waving Union flags. 

The couple later visited a charity cafe offering employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities where they were treated to a dance performance and ride on a tandem bike. 

The royal couple appeared in high spirits as they went on a walkabout to meet well-wishers, as well as being introduced to local businesses people and community members.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were greeted by well-wishers in County Tyrone as they arrived for the start of their four-day visit to Northern Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall met staff, volunteers and trainees of a charity cafe in Northern Ireland and were seen having a ride on a tandem bicycle

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall met staff, volunteers and trainees of a charity cafe in Northern Ireland and were seen having a ride on a tandem bicycle 

The Prince of Wales was greeted by schoolchildren in County Tyrone as he arrived for the start of their four-day visit to Northern Ireland

The Prince of Wales was greeted by schoolchildren in County Tyrone as he arrived for the start of their four-day visit to Northern Ireland

Prince Charles cua celebratory cake with a large knife while celebrating Rural Support Northern Ireland's 20th Anniversary

Prince Charles cut celebratory cake with a large knife while celebrating Rural Support Northern Ireland’s 20th Anniversary 

Charles was jovial as he cut a cake to celebrate Rural Support Northern Ireland's 20th Anniversary during a visit to the College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise in Cookstow

Charles was jovial as he cut a cake to celebrate Rural Support Northern Ireland's 20th Anniversary during a visit to the College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise in Cookstow

Charles was jovial as he cut a cake to celebrate Rural Support Northern Ireland’s 20th Anniversary during a visit to the College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise in Cookstow

The Prince of Wales cut a cake celebrating Rural Support Northern Ireland's 20th Anniversary during his visit to Cookstown today

The Prince of Wales cut a cake celebrating Rural Support Northern Ireland’s 20th Anniversary during his visit to Cookstown today 

The Prince of Wales unveils a plaque commemorating his visit, as he celebrates Rural Support Northern Ireland's 20th Anniversary during a visit to the College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise in Cookstown

The Prince of Wales unveils a plaque commemorating his visit, as he celebrates Rural Support Northern Ireland’s 20th Anniversary during a visit to the College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise in Cookstown

Charles and Camilla became the first members of the royal family to visit Cookstown, which boasts one of the longest high streets in all of Ireland, this afternoon

Charles and Camilla became the first members of the royal family to visit Cookstown, which boasts one of the longest high streets in all of Ireland, this afternoon

The royal couple appeared in high spirits as they went on a walkabout to meet well-wishers and school children

The royal couple appeared in high spirits as they went on a walkabout to meet well-wishers and school children

The Duchess of Cornwall was pictured holding a young royal fan during her visit to Cookstown, Northern Ireland today

The Duchess of Cornwall was pictured holding a young royal fan during her visit to Cookstown, Northern Ireland today 

Charles, 73, appeared in high spirits as he chatted and shook hands with schoolchildren, while Camilla, 74, was seen waving at well-wishers as she made her way down the street. 

The Prince of Wales was also seen chatting with a pipe band, joking there are a ‘few good pubs around here’ they could pay a visit to after their performance. 

The Duke and Duchess of cornwall visited Superstars Cafe, a centre that helps train and provide employment for 20 young people with learning difficulties.  

The Duke and Duchess met staff, volunteers and trainees before unveiling a plaque marking the date.

Camilla donned a green ensemble as she started the couple's four-day visit to Northern Ireland today

Camilla donned a green ensemble as she started the couple’s four-day visit to Northern Ireland today 

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall visited Superstars Cafe, a centre that helps train and provide employment for 20 young people with learning difficulties

The Duke and Duchess of cornwall visited Superstars Cafe, a centre that helps train and provide employment for 20 young people with learning difficulties

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall visited Superstars Cafe, a centre that helps train and provide employment for 20 young people with learning difficulties

Charles, 73, appeared in high spirits as he chatted with Camilla on their visit to Cookstown this afternoon

Charles, 73, appeared in high spirits as he chatted with Camilla on their visit to Cookstown this afternoon

The Duke and Duchess met staff, volunteers and trainees of the charity cafe during their visit to Northern Ireland today

The Duke and Duchess met staff, volunteers and trainees of the charity cafe during their visit to Northern Ireland today

The Duke and Duchess met staff, volunteers and trainees of the charity cafe during their visit to Northern Ireland today 

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are seen outside the Superstars cafe, in Cookstown where they were treated to a dance performance

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are seen outside the Superstars cafe, in Cookstown where they were treated to a dance performance 

The couple later visited a charity cafe offering employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities where they were treated to a dance performance

The couple later visited a charity cafe offering employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities where they were treated to a dance performance

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall watch local children perform a dance from the musical Grease as they visit Cookstown town centre

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall watch local children perform a dance from the musical Grease as they visit Cookstown town centre

Camilla appeared in high spirits as she shook hands with royal fans during a visit to Cookstown town centre

Camilla appeared in high spirits as she shook hands with royal fans during a visit to Cookstown town centre

Camilla appeared in high spirits as she shook hands with royal fans during a visit to Cookstown town centre

The Duchess of Cornwall waves to the crowd as she visits Cookstown town centre on her four-day visit to Northern Ireland

The Duchess of Cornwall waves to the crowd as she visits Cookstown town centre on her four-day visit to Northern Ireland 

The Prince of Wales was jovial as he met royal fans and schoolchildren on his visit to Cookstown town centre

The Prince of Wales was jovial as he met royal fans and schoolchildren on his visit to Cookstown town centre

The Prince of Wales was jovial as he met royal fans and schoolchildren on his visit to Cookstown town centre

Charles was jovial as he met royal fans and schoolchildren on his visit to Cookstown town centre in Northern Ireland today

Charles was jovial as he met royal fans and schoolchildren on his visit to Cookstown town centre in Northern Ireland today 

The Prince of Wales shared a laugh with a guest as he visited the College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise in Cookstown in County Tyrone

The Prince of Wales shared a laugh with a guest as he visited the College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise in Cookstown in County Tyrone

The Prince of Wales meets Kellie Rouse (left) and Victoria Ross during a visit to celebrate Rural Support Northern Ireland's 20th Anniversary, at the College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise in Cookstown

The Prince of Wales meets Kellie Rouse (left) and Victoria Ross during a visit to celebrate Rural Support Northern Ireland’s 20th Anniversary, at the College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise in Cookstown

The couple are at the start of a four-day visit to the island of Ireland, with the final two days to be spent in the Republic – which was last visited by the Duke and Duchess in in 2019.

Their visit will see the Duke and Duchess carry out a series of engagements throughout the trip, both separately and together. 

They are also due to travel to all the nations in the United Kingdom during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year. 

The Duke and Duchess last visited Northern Ireland in May last year, where they spent two days making appearances in and around Belfast. 

The Queen was due to visit in October however was forced to cancel last minute on medical grounds. 

Camilla was the picture of elegance in a green coat paired with a poppy print pink and burgundy blouse during the visit this afternoon

Camilla was the picture of elegance in a green coat paired with a poppy print pink and burgundy blouse during the visit this afternoon

The Duchess of Cornwall appeared in high spirits as she waved to onlookers during her visit to Northern Ireland today

The Duchess of Cornwall appeared in high spirits as she waved to onlookers during her visit to Northern Ireland today

The Duchess of Cornwall appeared in high spirits as she waved to onlookers during her visit to Northern Ireland today

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall watch a dance performance outside the Superstars cafe, in Cookstown in County Tyrone

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall watch a dance performance outside the Superstars cafe, in Cookstown in County Tyrone

The Prince of Wales during a visit to Cookstown, County Tyrone, where he met local businesses and members of the community

The Prince of Wales during a visit to Cookstown, County Tyrone, where he met local businesses and members of the community

Prince Charles was deep in conversation as he met local businesses and members of the community during his visit to Northern Ireland with the Duchess of Cornwall

Prince Charles was deep in conversation as he met local businesses and members of the community during his visit to Northern Ireland with the Duchess of Cornwall

Prince Charles was deep in conversation as he met local businesses and members of the community during his visit to Northern Ireland with the Duchess of Cornwall

The Prince of Wales was greeted by local schoolchildren during his walkabout in Cookstown today

The Prince of Wales was greeted by local schoolchildren during his walkabout in Cookstown today 

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said in a statement: ‘The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days. 

‘Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland, where she had been due to undertake a series of engagements today and tomorrow. 

‘The Queen sends her warmest good wishes to the people of Northern Ireland, and looks forward to visiting in the future.’ 

A section of the main street was cordoned off to traffic and lined with hundreds of schoolchildren waving Union flags

A section of the main street was cordoned off to traffic and lined with hundreds of schoolchildren waving Union flags

Charles, 73, appeared in high spirits as he chatted and shook hands with schoolchildren, while Camilla, 74, was seen waving at well-wishers as she made her way down the street

Charles, 73, appeared in high spirits as he chatted and shook hands with schoolchildren, while Camilla, 74, was seen waving at well-wishers as she made her way down the street 

The Prince of Wales was in high spirits as he chatted with royal fans during his first ever visit to Cookstown, Northern Ireland

The Prince of Wales was in high spirits as he chatted with royal fans during his first ever visit to Cookstown, Northern Ireland 

Schoolchildren await the arrival of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in Northern Ireland today

Schoolchildren await the arrival of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in Northern Ireland today

Charles and Camilla became the first members of the royal family to visit Cookstown during their outing today

Charles and Camilla became the first members of the royal family to visit Cookstown during their outing today 

The Prince of Wales is greeted by locals during a walkabout in Cookstown, Northern Ireland during his four-day visit today

The Prince of Wales is greeted by locals during a walkabout in Cookstown, Northern Ireland during his four-day visit today 

The Prince of Wales is greeted by locals during a walkabout in Cookstown, Northern Ireland during his four-day visit today

The Prince of Wales is greeted by locals during a walkabout in Cookstown, Northern Ireland during his four-day visit today

The Prince of Wales is greeted by locals during a walkabout in Cookstown, Northern Ireland during his four-day visit today

A royal source said at the time there was ‘no cause for caution’ about the Queen’s health – and her decision was understood not to be related to coronavirus. Her condition was not revealed.

The Queen is double-vaccinated, having been given her first jab by a household doctor at Windsor Castle on January 9 last year and her second at the end of March ahead of what was her first public appearance in five months.

Buckingham Palace would not comment on whether the head of state had received her booster Covid-19 jab, but given her age it is likely she has already had it. 

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