King Charles’s grá for Ireland: ‘He sees us for what we are’


John Bruton has an abiding memory of the then Prince Charles’s first official visit to Ireland in June 1995.

People were overwhelmingly welcoming,” says Bruton, who was Taoiseach at the time. “Irish people have a less formal attitude to monarchs — we’re not a monarchy but a republic, after all — and he was addressed by his first name. And that was done in a very positive, friendly way by the crowds.”

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