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Prince Charles Meets Gerry Adams - 20 May 2015 
Britain's Prince Charles shook hands with Gerry Adams on Tuesday in his first meeting with the leader of the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) that killed his great uncle in a bomb attack 36 years ago.

The pair exchanged a few sentences at a reception in the west of Ireland city of Galway, a day before Charles is due to visit a nearby site where the IRA killed Lord Louis Mountbatten in 1979.

The latest in a series of gestures of reconciliation between Britain and Sinn Fein, it was the first time Adams has met a senior member of the royal family.

The IRA ended its 30-year armed campaign against British rule in Northern Ireland as part of a power-sharing peace deal in 1998 between Protestants who want to remain loyal to the British crown and Catholics favoring unification with Ireland.

Northern Ireland has been largely peaceful since then but small splinter groups continue to launch attacks against British targets and security is tight for Charles's visit.

Three others, including a 14-year-old boy who was Charles's godson, were also killed when the IRA blew up a boat Mountbatten, who was a senior British military commander in World War Two, was using during a holiday in the region.

Charles in turn has long been a figure of hate among those in favor of a united Ireland because of his position as head of the British Army's Parachute Regiment, which played a key role in the Bloody Sunday shootings in 1972 in which 13 Roman Catholic civil rights marchers were killed. 
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May 19, 2015 
Britain's Prince Charles (L) shakes hands with Gerry Adams at the National University of Ireland in Galway,... 
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Britain's Prince Charles shakes hands with Gerry Adams at the National University of Ireland in Galway... 
Britain's Prince Charles (L) shakes hands with Gerry Adams at the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland May 19, 2015. Britain's Prince Charles met Gerry Adams in Ireland on Tuesday, the first time the leader of the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) has met a senior member of the royal family, his Sinn Fein party said. REUTERS/Brian Lawless/pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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May 19, 2015 
Britain's Prince Charles holds a cup of tea as he shakes hands with Gerry Adams at the National University... 
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Britain's Prince Charles holds a cup of tea as he shakes hands with Gerry Adams at the National University... 
Britain's Prince Charles holds a cup of tea as he shakes hands with Gerry Adams at the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland May 19, 2015. Britain's Prince Charles met Gerry Adams in Ireland on Tuesday, the first time the leader of the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) has met a senior member of the royal family, his Sinn Fein party said. REUTERS/Brian Lawless/pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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May 19, 2015 
Gerry Adams (R) waits to shake hands with Britain's Prince Charles (L) at the National University of... 
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Gerry Adams waits to shake hands with Britain's Prince Charles at the National University of Ireland... 
Gerry Adams (R) waits to shake hands with Britain's Prince Charles (L) at the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland May 19, 2015. Britain's Prince Charles met Gerry Adams in Ireland on Tuesday, the first time the leader of the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) has met a senior member of the royal family, his Sinn Fein party said. REUTERS/Brian Lawless/pool 
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May 19, 2015 
Britain's Prince Charles (L) shakes hands with Gerry Adams at the National University of Ireland in Galway,... 
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Britain's Prince Charles shakes hands with Gerry Adams at the National University of Ireland in Galway... 
Britain's Prince Charles (L) shakes hands with Gerry Adams at the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland May 19, 2015. Britain's Prince Charles met Gerry Adams in Ireland on Tuesday, the first time the leader of the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) has met a senior member of the royal family, his Sinn Fein party said. REUTERS/Adam Gerrard/pool 
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May 19, 2015 
Britain's Prince Charles (L) shakes hands with Gerry Adams at the National University of Ireland in Galway,... 
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Britain's Prince Charles shakes hands with Gerry Adams at the National University of Ireland in Galway... 
Britain's Prince Charles (L) shakes hands with Gerry Adams at the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland May 19, 2015. Britain's Prince Charles met Gerry Adams in Ireland on Tuesday, the first time the leader of the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) has met a senior member of the royal family, his Sinn Fein party said. REUTERS/Brian Lawless/pool 
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May 19, 2015 
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams (R) speaks with members of the media as he arrives at the National University... 
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Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams speaks with members of the media as he arrives at the National University... 
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams (R) speaks with members of the media as he arrives at the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland May 19, 2015. Britain's Prince Charles is to meet Gerry Adams in Ireland on Tuesday, the first time the leader of the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) has met a senior member of the royal family, his Sinn Fein party said. REUTERS/Darren Staples
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May 19, 2015 
Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrive at the National University... 
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Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrive at the National University... 
Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrive at the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland May 19, 2015. Britain's Prince Charles is to meet Gerry Adams in Ireland on Tuesday, the first time the leader of the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) has met a senior member of the royal family, his Sinn Fein party said. REUTERS/Darren Staples
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May 19, 2015 
Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, arrives at the National University of Ireland... 
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Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, arrives at the National University of Ireland... 
Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, arrives at the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland May 19, 2015. Britain's Prince Charles is to meet Gerry Adams in Ireland on Tuesday, the first time the leader of the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) has met a senior member of the royal family, his Sinn Fein party said. REUTERS/Darren Staples
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May 19, 2015 
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams arrives at the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland May... 
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Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams arrives at the National University of Ireland in Galway 
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams arrives at the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland May 19, 2015. Britain's Prince Charles is to meet Gerry Adams in Ireland on Tuesday, the first time the leader of the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) has met a senior member of the royal family, his Sinn Fein party said. REUTERS/Darren Staples
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