Royal couple given books for George and Charlotte

The Prince of Wales meets the public after visiting the Cartoon Saloon in Kilkenny
The Prince of Wales meets the public after visiting the Cartoon Saloon in Kilkenny

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have been handed books of children's stories to give to their grandchildren as a memory of their trip to Ireland.

The bosses of the award-winning Cartoon Saloon animation studios also wasted no time in inviting the royal couple to the premiere of next hit, The Breadwinner, being produced by Angelina Jolie.

Paul Young, chief executive of the company, showed the royals around the offices in Kilkenny, which he described as more like the United Nations as staff come from around the world.

"I just told them that here was something for the grandchildren," he said.

The prince and duchess were given copies of Puffin Rock, The Secret Of Kells and Song Of The Sea for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Mr Young said both of the royals showed a keen interest in Cartoon Saloon's latest big screen offering, The Breadwinner, based on the children's novel by Deborah Ellis which relays the story of a young girl in Afghanistan who is forced to work to provide for her family under the Taliban regime.

"What was lovely was that the Duchess had read the book," Mr Young said.

"She was familiar with the novel and she was very excited by the idea of the film.

"So we took the chance to invite them to the premiere."

Next door to the Cartoon Saloon studios, the boys from Kilkenny CBS secondary school lined the gates to shake hands with the royals.

Jason Devereux, 15, from Knocktopher, Co Kilkenny, was hand-picked by his teacher to line up and greet the royals.

Despite his apparent glow from being first in line to greet the royals he revealed the duchess showed a concern for him.

"I was lining up and first came Charles and I was like 'Oh God'. Then his wife came and she said I looked sad," he said.

"I expected Charles to be shorter and he looked different to what I expected.

"But he looks grand, young for his age."

Cillian Hackett, 13, from Kilkenny, was one of the youngest school boys to get a handshake.

"He was nice, posh," the young teen said.

"He was the way I imagined him to be."