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Prince Charles shakes hands with Martin McGuinness in Belfast

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
Prince Charles shakes hands with Martin McGuinness
Prince Charles shakes hands with Martin McGuinness

Prince Charles shook hands with the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in Belfast today.

The Prince met Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness at St Patrick's Church in Belfast city centre to mark the 200th anniversary of the church.

In 2012, a loyalist band paraded past the church and played the tune to the notorious 'Famine Song'.

Friends and families of the victims of the McGurk's bar bombing and the Ballymurphy massacre also staged a protest as Prince Charles met with leaders.

Charles was colonel-in-chief of the Parachute Regiment when it opened fire in Ballymurphy, West Belfast, in 1971, killing 10 people.

Yesterday Charles visited Mullaghmore in County Sligo, where his uncle, Lord Mountbatten, was killed by the IRA on August 27, 1979.

Two teenage boys were also killed in the blast.

Yesterday, Charles shook hands with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams in what was a significant moment for both men.

After today's meeting, First Minister Peter Robinson said: "I think the palace have played an extraordinary role in terms of reconciliation relating to both within Northern Ireland, and between Northern Ireland and the Irish republic, between those of us on the island as a whole and those in Great Britain."

Tonight, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will host a dinner at Hillsborough Castle.