The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are undertaking a visit to the Republic of Ireland. Many historic moments are happening, one of which is the meeting between the Prince and Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein. It is a massive moment in Anglo-Irish relations, much like the Queen’s meeting with Martin McGuinness during her visit to the Republic a couple of years ago.
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The most poignant moment came when Charles visited the fishing village Mullaghmore, the site of Lord Mountbatten’s assassination in 1979. Lord Mountbatten, known in the family as “Dickie”, had been very close to Charles. The prince adored him so much that he dubbed Mountbatten his “honorary grandfather”.
When Mountbatten was killed by a bomb planted on his fishing boat, Charles was devastated. His mentor was gone. The prince was also grief-stricken over the other bombing victims: one of Mountbatten’s twin grandsons; boat boy Paul Maxwell; and the Dowager Lady Brabourne had all died from the blast. Mountbatten’s daughter and son-in-law were hospitalized with serious injuries.
Mountbatten’s funeral was held in Westminster Abbey. Jaw set, Charles gave a moving eulogy in his naval uniform, bedecked with his own medals as well as Mountbatten’s. He quoted Psalm 107:23, “They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;  These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.”
Mountbatten was buried at Romsey Abbey, near his home at Broadlands.
On Wednesday, May 20th, Charles paid tribute to Mountbatten again during his speech at the ‘Model Arts Centre’ in Sligo town.
It was, once again, a moving speech from Charles for his honorary grandfather. The prince encouraged peace for future generations, and spoke of how he intimately understood the loss felt by so many killed by IRA violence.
I’ll be honest: there wasn’t a dry eye at this keyboard. Good for Charles in cementing peace. God bless the Prince of Wales.