ENGLAND’S Prince Charles will retrace the footsteps of his mother in the English Market next week and has looked at the option of staying in the renowned Ballyvolane House in north Cork.
The future King of England will be accompanied to Cork by his wife Camilla, with speculation about a trip to the English Market being confirmed by sources close to the organisers of the visit.
It is understood that huge security steps are being taken in the area around Ballyvolane House, near Castlelyons, with vetting of people regularly visiting the neighbourhood having been carried out in recent weeks.
Sources said that such a location would be less of a security nightmare because the whole venue can be allocated to the visitors and their entourage.
The couple are due to arrive into Cork airport on June 14 for a two-day visit which will also include Kerry.
Their visit will incorporate a visit to the Naval Base in Haulbowline, where the Royals will see some of the vessels in the Irish fleet.
It is understood they will visit two other locations in the Cork city area, but these locations have not been disclosed.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said British media are expected in Cork and Kerry to cover the visit.
Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to the English Market in 2011 drew international attention on the city centre market after photos and film of the visit were beamed across the world.
A photograph of the Queen laughing with fishmonger Pat O’Connell has become synonymous with her historic visit to Ireland.