Welcome Charles to our Kingdom

KERRY will roll out the red carpet for Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, this Friday during the royal couple’s visit to our Kingdom. And proper order too.

It is a sign of the close bond of friendship that now exists between Ireland and Great Britain that the heir to the British throne will be received with warmth, respect and goodwill wherever he goes in Kerry.

After centuries of conflict, Ireland has now emerged as a free, independent state, capable of making our own decisions.

Independence brings confidence and self-respect. It’s that confidence that will be on display this Friday for the royal visit.

Prince Charles’ great-great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria visited Kerry in August 1861. Her ladies-in-waiting gave us the name Ladies View after visiting that wonderful highpoint outside Killarney overlooking the lakes.

The visit by Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, can do the same for Kerry tourism as Queen Victoria’s three-day holiday did 157 years ago. The Prince is a man with a lifelong interest in the environment. He will find great natural beauty here in Kerry to engage that passion.

We hope he has a royal time in the Kingdom.

And that he tells everybody about what we have to offer here when he gets back home.