Royalty and statesmen

During a visit to Northern Ireland the royal couple dropped in to see the trio of singing fathers - The Priests - who have taken the world by storm. Camilla is understood to be a big fan of their record-breaking debut album
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Meanwhile the Queen was meeting nurses and staff at the inauguration of a Norfolk care centre. Prince Philip, who is still recovering from a back injury, was unable to attend
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Charles and Camilla meet singing priests while Queen steps out alone

4 FEBRUARY 2009
Their dulcet tones have helped them sell 1.5 million records worldwide, and this week unusual music trio The Priests got the royal seal of approval. The singing Catholic fathers from Northern Ireland met Prince Charles and his wife Camilla when the couple visited their Ballyclare, County Antrim, hometown.

The Duchess of Cornwall apparently was so taken with their debut album which entered the Guinness Book Of Records after becoming the UK's fastest-selling classical disc - she requested the meeting. Fathers Eugene and Martin O'Hagan, brothers aged 48 and 45, and Father David Delargy, 44 sang for the royal visitors during a special session. Signed to a Sony record label, the ecclesiastical triumverate are so popular they have their own website in 15 languages.

Meanwhile the Queen held good to the promise she made at Christmas to include in her schedule more official engagements with workers in the caring industry when she opened a health centre in Norfolk. The 82-year-old chatted to nurses, and community workers at the new facility in Dersingham.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who was scheduled to attend, was missing from her side. Buckingham Palace said the 87-year-old is making decisions on a day-to-day basis about whether to go on trips. He's been advised by doctors to rest for as long as possible and avoid standing for too long while he continues to recover from a back injury.


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