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.
As reported by The Telegraph, the Royal family’s Georgian mansion sits on 100 acres of land and dates back to the 18th century.
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.
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.
Prince Charles thanked everyone involved in the project and said the “investment has been vast and the transformation extraordinary.”
“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
“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
The Hillsborough Castle will officially open on 18 April, showcasing the refurbished staterooms, the four-acre walled garden and a modern visitor car park.
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.
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
— Hillsborough Castle and Gardens (@HillsCastle) April 9, 2019