Britain’s Prince Charles has said his visit to Ireland is a reminder of how much Britain and Ireland depend on each other.

The Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla are in Ireland for a two-day visit at the request of the British government to celebrate the links between Britain and Ireland and their people.

The royal couple will attend a number of engagements in Co Wicklow on what is their fifth visit to the Republic in the past five years.

This visit centres around the themes of environmental sustainability and community involvement, while also celebrating Ireland's natural beauty and culture.

In the first of a series of engagements Prince Charles and Camilla visited the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, where they attended a ceremony hosted by President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina. 

President Michael D Higgins welcomes Prince Charles

A commemorative poem written by the late founding member of the centre, Una O’Higgins O’Malley, in honour of the Prince of Wales' visit to the centre in 2002 has been engraved on a piece of Wicklow granite.

It was unveiled by Prince Charles and President Higgins while the poem was read to the audience by children from three schools working with the Glencree Centre - St Colmcille School in Knocklyon, St Louis Secondary Girls School in Dundalk and Newbridge Integrated College in Banbridge.

The royal couple then travelled to Powerscourt House in Co Wicklow for their second engagement.

Speaking in the grounds of Powerscourt House at an event hosted by Wicklow County Council, the Prince of Wales said what was most special about coming to Ireland was being able to "celebrate and remind ourselves of those vital links between us that go back hundreds, if not thousands of years."

He said: "Whatever happens, the great thing is to go on to understand how much we mean to one another."

He thanked the public for what he described as "putting up with us yet again", as he said he and his wife "attempt to cover all the counties before we completely disintegrate".

In the shadow of the Sugarloaf Mountain, Prince Charles and Camilla were shown the Italian Gardens and met with the Slazenger family who run the estate, before Prince Charles planted a Giant Redwood tree in the gardens.

The Sequoiadendron giganteum is the largest tree species in the world and should live for 1,000 years.

Prince Charles also said he discovered that, like most tree-planting he takes part in, the tree he planted at Powerscourt will be dug up and replanted at a better time of year. But he said he hoped to return to see how it is growing in the future.

The Duke of Wellington gifted 100 of these trees to Lord Powerscourt for helping him secure the victory at the battle of Waterloo.

The Prince of Wales then visited the Cool Planet Experience, an attraction which focuses on the themes of climate change.

An electrified 1983 Range Rover was also shown to the prince by Irish car manufacturing company Electrifi who specialise in electrifying high-end cars.

The Duchess of Cornwall paid a visit to Bray Women’s Refuge this afternoon.

The Duchess met with two service users and those who run the recently refurbished centre and she was presented with a print by a local artist of the Cliff Walk from Greystones to Bray.

Tonight, a number of well-known members of the Irish arts, sports and business communities are dining with the royal couple at the British Embassy in Glencairn.

Airline director Willie Walsh, Comedian Oliver Callan, trainer Willie Mullins and author Anne Enright are among the guests at the event.