King Charles arrives in Northern Ireland during his first UK tour as monarch days after the Queen's death

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King Charles arrives in Northern Ireland during his first UK tour as monarch days after the Queen's death
Lord Lieutenant of Belfast Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle greets King Charles III as he arrives at Belfast City Airport on September 13, 2022.Liam McBurney/pool via AP
  • King Charles is currently in Northern Ireland as part of his first UK tour as monarch.
  • He is accompanied by Camilla, Queen Consort, as they attend engagements in Belfast.
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King Charles III has arrived in Northern Ireland as part of his first UK tour as monarch.

The king, 73, was accompanied by Camilla, Queen Consort, as they met with Lord Lieutenant of Belfast Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle at Belfast City Airport on Tuesday morning.

The couple are due to undertake several engagements while in Belfast, including a visit to Hillsborough Castle, where they will meet with Gawn William Rowan Hamilton, Lord-Lieutenant of County Down, according to a Buckingham Palace press release sent to Insider.

King Charles arrives in Northern Ireland during his first UK tour as monarch days after the Queen's death
King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla arrive in Belfast, Northern Ireland on September 13, 2022.Liam McBurney/pool via AP

They will then undertake a walkabout at the castle and view floral tributes for Queen Elizabeth, who died at Balmoral Castle on Thursday at the age of 96.

The king is due to have a private meeting with Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris, before departing for St Anne's Cathedral in the afternoon.

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At St Anne's, the couple will undertake their final engagement, a Service of Reflection for the life of Queen Elizabeth. An estimated 800 guests are expected to attend the service, according to the press release.

The couple visited Scotland earlier this week. King Charles led a procession behind the Queen's coffin as it was transported from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh.

They attended a Service of Thanksgiving and vigil at the cathedral, where Charles and his siblings stood guard around the coffin.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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