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Palace staff made redundant as part of cost-cutting

At least four senior staff members at Buckingham Palace have reportedly been made redundant as part of cost-cutting measures.

At least four senior staff members at Buckingham Palace have been made redundant. Credit: Steven Paston / PA Wire/PA Images

The Daily Mail said servants who had lost their jobs, some with young children, also faced losing their homes at the Royal Household, although a Palace spokeswoman denied the claim.

One source told the newspaper staff morale was at "rock-bottom - the worst I have ever known".

The newspaper also said Palace porters had their overtime stopped as part of the widespread cuts.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said costs were constantly reviewed and in "rare instances" staff were made redundant, but strongly denied claims of low morale.

As a public institution, scrutinised by Parliament, the Royal Household constantly reviews structures and staffing to ensure that it is run in the most effective and efficient way possible.

In rare instances this can involve redundancies; those affected are routinely offered a severance package and support, including retraining.

Internal surveys consistently show that employees are proud to work for the Royal Household and represent the Queen. Morale at Buckingham Palace continues to be high, with low staff turnover.

– Buckingham Palace spokeswoman


People of Mullaghmore want to put past behind them

Lord Mountbatten pictured in 1959. Credit: PA

The people of Mullaghmore want to put the past behind them and get on with their lives following Prince Charles' visit to the scene where his great uncle was killed by the IRA 35 years ago.

Accompanied by his wife Camilla, Charles stopped at the spot where Lord Mountbatten's boat was blown up, killing him in 1979.

Prince Charles as he looks out at the harbour where his great uncle was killed. Credit: PA

He also met with the mother of Paul Maxwell, who died aged 15 in the blast while working on the boat as a summer job.

Charles and Camilla also attended a church service in memory of the victims of the bombing and those killed during the Northern Ireland troubles.

ITV News Royal Editor Tim Ewart reports:

Prince visits village where IRA killed Lord Mountbatten

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall on the bay where Lord Mountbatten set out before the IRA bomb.

Prince Charles has visited the village of Mullaghmore where his great uncle Lord Mountbatten was killed in an IRA bomb attack in 1979.

Lord Mountbatten's boat was about 600 metres from shore when the bomb planted the night before was detonated.

Prince Charles looks out on the bay where Lord Mountbatten set out before the IRA bomb was detonated.
The royal couple in Ireland. Credit: REUTERS/Darren Staples


Mother on pain of losing son in IRA Mountbatten attack

The mother of a boy murdered in the IRA bomb attack that killed Prince Charles' great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten, has welcomed the prince's visit to Ireland.

The prince is to visit the place where his great-uncle was killed in 1979, on the second day of his visit to Ireland.

Mary Hornsey, whose son Paul Maxwell, 15, was killed, said: "It's a good thing that people will never forget how awful it is for a mother to lose her son. And realise the absolute senselessness of violence."

Charles' visit to Ireland 'can bring healing' to communities

Prince Charles' visit to the scene of Lord Mountbatten's assassination at the hands of the IRA can help heal communities affected by the 30-year conflict in Northern Ireland, the country's Foreign Affairs Minister has said.

Charlie Flanagan said he hopes this afternoon's visit by the Prince of Wales' visit to the location where his great-uncle was killed along with three others would be a "time for reflection" on other dark moments for the country.

Prince Charles will visit the scene of Lord Mountbatten's assassination this afternoon Credit: PA

Prince Charles and Camilla will visit Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, after making history by shaking hands with Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams in Galway yesterday.

This afternoon will bring, I hope, further healing as we all reflect on those dark moments across these islands that cast a shadow across cities and towns such as Belfast and Birmingham, Derry and Dublin, Warrenpoint and Warrington, as well as here in Sligo and nearby Enniskillen and Monaghan.

So much of [Prince Charles'] visit here is about the quality of the relationship between our two countries in the 21st century - relations that can be aptly described as warm, neighbourly, dynamic and further improving all of the time.

– Charlie Flanagan, Ireland's Foreign Affairs Minister

Prince Charles to visit scene of his great uncle's murder

Prince Charles' trip to Ireland will take an emotional turn today when he visits the site where his great uncle Lord Mountbatten was assassinated.

Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will travel to Mullaghmore, County Sligo, where Louis Mountbatten was killed along with three others when a bomb was detonated on his boat on 27 August, 1979.

Prince Charles will visit Mullaghmore, County Sligo, later today. Credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

After a prayer service for peace and reconciliation in nearby Drumcliffe, the Prince of Wales will meet some of those who were in the seaside village on the day of the atrocity, and others who pulled survivors from the Atlantic.

On his arrival in Mullaghmore, Charles will meet locals and look around the village's "peace garden" before attending a private engagement in the Pier Head Hotel where the bodies of the dead and injured were treated once ashore.

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