Sun. May 19th, 2019

Hillsborough Castle: 5-year renovation project finally complete [photos]

Hillsborough Castle Prince Charles Prince of Wales Camilla Duchess of Cornwall Royal FamilyHRH Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, made an unannounced trip to Hillsborough Castle.

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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall celebrated their 14th anniversary at Hillsborough Caste ahead of its official opening after a 5-year renovation project.

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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland to re-open the Castle after an extensive 5-year renovation project. Image via Twitter: @ClarenceHouse

As reported by The Telegraph, the Royal family’s Georgian mansion sits on 100 acres of land and dates back to the 18th century.

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The Prince of Wales and Camilla Duchess of Cornell at Hillsborough Castle. / Image via Twitter: @ClarenceHouse

It is the Queen’s official residence in Northern Ireland and the 5-year renovation project carried a budget of little over £20m. Members of the Royal family often stay at the castle during Royal visits.

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Camilla Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles arrive at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. / Image via Twitter: @Clarence House

The project involved more than 700 contractors, and Prince Charles described it as a “Herculean task.” However, he added that castle is a “special place” which reflects complex Irish history.

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Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornell in the gardens of Hillsborough Castle. / Image via Twitter: @ClarenceHouse

Prince Charles thanked everyone involved in the project and said the “investment has been vast and the transformation extraordinary.”

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The Throne Room where The Prince and The Duchess meet conservators and craftspeople involved in the restoration and re-presentation of the Castle. / Image via Twitter: @HillsCastle

“The task of the dedicated team at Hillsborough and at Historic Royal Palaces was to open up the castle and to tell its stories more widely.

HRH Prince Charles

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Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at Hillsborough Castle in 1977. Image via Twitter: @ClarenceHouse

“As we look to the future therefore, I hope Hillsborough Castle and gardens can now well and truly be placed on the map and serve as both a destination and indeed an inspiration for all on the island of Ireland to enjoy.”

HRH Prince Charles

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Young gardeners from College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) meet HRH The Prince of Wales in the Walled Garden at Hillsborough Castle. Image via Twitter: @HillsCastle

The Hillsborough Castle will officially open on 18 April, showcasing the refurbished staterooms, the four-acre walled garden and a modern visitor car park.

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The Prince of Wales walked through @HillsCastle gardens, which include woodlands, waterways and glens, with Gardens Manager, Clare. / Image via Twitter: @Clarence House

Charles unveiled a new portrait done by local artist Gareth Reid, which will be displayed in the castle. During their visit, Camilla also spent time at the Clore Learning Centre, where she met with local children.

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HRH The Prince of Wales unveils a new portrait in the State Drawing Room at Hillsborough Castle by artist Gareth Reid, commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces. / Image via Twitter: HillsCastle

As per the new plaque unveiled by Prince Charles, the castle will be open to visitors who wish to take a tour of the facilities.

Watch: Prince Charles unveiling a new plaque at Hillsborough Castle

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