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Charles & Camilla start their Northern Ireland tour with a tricycle

THE PRINCE of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall embarked on a four-day tour of Northern Ireland on a two-person tricycle.

The couple were greeted by hundreds of adoring members of the public who lined the streets of Cookstown, County Tyronein the sunshine for the first ever royal visit to the city.

Charles and Camilla started their tour of Northern Ireland by getting on a tricycle

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Charles and Camilla started their tour of Northern Ireland by getting on a tricycleCredit: Arthur Edwards / The Sun
The prince began pedaling before realizing the brake was on and dismounted

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The prince began pedaling before realizing the brake was on and dismountedCredit: Arthur Edwards / The Sun

the the royal couple walked part of the 1.2-mile Main Street before visiting the Super Stars Community Café, where they hopped on a bike to thunderous applause from adults with special needs and volunteers working at the center.

Making sure The Duchess Securely seated on the tricycle, the eager prince attempted to kick the device forward before the pedals locked and he quickly realized the brake was on.

After dismounting in defeat, the two clapped as they watched a performance of Greased Lightning by young adults with learning needs outside the cafe.

Camilla looked radiant in a dark green tweed coat by designer Mr Roy teamed with black boots and a shamrock brooch.

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She’d previously helped make an apple pie and craved a “C” in the pasty surface before it went into the oven.

After being told she looked “amazing” by a clerk outside the town’s shoe store, Camilla said, “Thank you. I have to say I’m pretty hot, I wasn’t expecting this nice warm weather. It is wonderful. I could stay here all day.”

May McAvoy, who founded Super Star Café 18 years ago to provide opportunities for people with special needs to help her son John, who has Down syndrome, said she was “overwhelmed” by the visit.

She added: “To have a royal visit is a great recognition of the work we are doing here.

“And it raises the profile of working for people with learning disabilities.

“It is very important work that we are doing and the more people we can help the better. Over the years we have helped hundreds and hundreds of people.

“I can’t believe how wonderful the Prince and Camilla are, it’s a really special day for all of us.”

The Prince then toured the historic Lissan House, which was a finalist in the BBC Restoration Program in 2003.

After touring the stunning 17th-century home, the prince was treated to freshly baked soda bread, which he described as “delicious.”

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He was then introduced to rescue the hedgehogs Gill and Felix.

Meeting Gill, who is missing an eye and a leg after being hit by a hedge trimmer Karl said: “It’s terrible, terrible. It’s wonderful that you take care of her.”

The couple watched a performance of Greased Lightnin' by special needs adults at a community cafe in Cookstown, County Tyrone

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The couple watched a performance of Greased Lightnin’ by special needs adults at a community cafe in Cookstown, County TyronePhoto credit: Reuters
The couple is in Northern Ireland for four days

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The couple is in Northern Ireland for four daysCredit: Arthur Edwards / The Sun

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Dais Johnston

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