The heir to the crown, 73, addressed his thoughts to the Ukrainians, before discussing the links between the two neighboring islands.
Prince Charles on Thursday praised the “ancient ties” between the United Kingdom and Ireland, during a trip with his wife Camilla to the country on the occasion of the platinum jubilee of his mother Queen Elizabeth II.
During a speech in the city of Waterford (south-east) the heir to the crown, 73, addressed his thoughts to the Ukrainians, before discussing the links between the two neighboring islands. “It is in places like Waterford… that our ancient bonds are so vividly remembered, and how they have evolved over time into modern friendship,” he said.
“Our two countries are not just neighbours, but also partners who, although at times we have traveled a bumpy road together, have forged through reconciliation and understanding a future that benefits both our peoples and the world. “, added Prince Charles.
“I’m sure your thoughts and prayers (…) are with the people of Ukraine who face such uncertainty and brutal aggression,” he continued.
Four days of festivities
The trip is part of a series of tours by senior members of the Royal Family, who visit eight of the 14 Commonwealth countries over which the Queen is sovereign, in addition to the UK, to mark 70 years of Elizabeth’s reign II, a record. Four days of festivities are planned for the occasion in early June in the United Kingdom.
The Queen, who turns 96 next month and has suffered health problems in recent months, in 2011 became the first British monarch to visit Ireland since independence a century ago. His state visit had been seen as helping to overcome deep-rooted unease and giving a new dimension to British-Irish relations.