History was made over a cup of tea and the common courtesies when Prince Charles shook hands with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams. The simple gesture, after decades of civil strife and hatred, was followed by private talks. It is more than thirty years since Charles' great uncle, Lord Mountbatten, was killed by an IRA bomb.
The Prince shared a smile with Gerry Adams, who said they both expressed regret for the past, and shared concerns, especially for the bereaved.
Prince Charles will visit Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation centre later today concluding his visit to the region.
In an emotional tribute Prince Charles has spoken about the loss of his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten who was killed by the IRA.
The great-uncle of Prince Charles was killed along with his 14-year-old grandson and two others in an IRA bomb blast in August 1979.