Cool unionist response to claims Prince Charles in line for Easter Rising event

The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince of Wales watch a ceremonial welcome for Irish President Michael D Higgins at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, during the first State visit to the UK by an Irish President. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 8, 2014. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire

The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince of Wales watch a ceremonial welcome for Irish President Michael D Higgins at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, during the first State visit to the UK by an Irish President. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 8, 2014. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire

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There has been a cool response from unionists to a suggestion that Prince Charles could attend a ceremony honouring the 1916 Easter Rising.

The DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson said he wanted to wait and see what form such a commemoration would take, whilst the UUP’s Tom Elliott said such a visit would be “inappropriate” – because he regards the 1916 rising as the work of terrorists.

It follows on from a historic Anglo-Irish banquet last week, at which the Queen indicated that her family intends to “stand beside” those commemorating the anniversaries of events leading to the Free State’s creation.

 

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