The Duchess of Cornwall meets
children at St Catherine's Church in Aldergrove.
The Prince of Wales meets a young a
young admirer at St. Catherine's Church in
THE Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have attended a
special dedication service to unveil a new stained glass window
at St Catherine's Parish church to mark the end of the military
role in policing Northern Ireland.
visited the church, which is situated in the grounds at RAF
Aldergrove, last Thursday as part of a two day visit to Northern
One hundred and fifty people including local parishioners, RAF
personnel, Army Air Corps and their families attended the
Station Commander Group Captain David Stubbs said: "The window
will be a permanent thank-you and reminder of the debt owed to
all the people who served at RAF Aldergrove, contributing
towards peace and stability in Northern Ireland".
Following the service Prince Charles and the Duchess met RAF
personnel and the families at a reception at the Sergeants Mess
The new window consists of the Station crest - a red hand
holding a rose - and the inscription reads, 'Ours to Hold'.
Below this are clouds and then the hills of Antrim. Rising above
the hills is the Sun, which represents a new beginning for
Northern Ireland and the new Assembly.
Below the hill is Lough Neagh, and in one corner there are six
bulrushes that represent the six counties of Northern Ireland.
The next scene is a Wessex helicopter, which is the gate guard
at RAF Aldergrove, and two soldiers with a dog. Below the
soldiers is a picture of Stormont and In one corner, flying just
above Stormont, is a Lynx helicopter symbolising the work of the
military guarding the new seat of democracy.
Below Stormont is the Tri-Service Crest, and below that an
inscription: 'This window is dedicated to all who have served at
RAF Aldergrove during Op Banner. "I came to serve and not be
served," says the Lord.'
MEMBERS of the Princes Trust's Team Programme from Lisburn had a
rendezvous with royalty at the Ova] Football Ground last week.
The young people and their coaches net the Trust's President,
the Prince of Wales, when he called at the East Belfast home of
Glentoran FC during his recent visit to Northern Ireland.
They are involved in a joint initiative with the Irish Football
Association to promote soccer coaching in the community through
This aims to improve the motivation and confidence of unemployed
young people so they go back to work or education.
The Royal visitor was treated to a demonstration of wall
climbing and abseiling by 16-to 25-year-olds on The Trust's Team
He then enjoyed a demonstration of lining skills by Peter Smyth
and Rudi Duncan, both of whom have successfully completed
another of the Trust's initiatives 'Get into DJing'.
This like the other 'Get Into's' give young people training and
a practical placement with some of the best in the industry.
Siobhan Craig, Northern Ireland Director for The Prince's Trust,
said: " We are very pleased that His Royal Highness has been
able to get a taste of the work we carry out throughout the year
here in Northern Ireland. Last year we- were able to support
over 1,200 young people. This year we hope to raise that figure
to over 2,000.
Prince Charles with young people from
Lisburn at The Oval Football Ground in East Belfast.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of
Cornwall received a warm welcome at St Catherine's
THE Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited Hillsborough
last week to attend Secretary of State Peter Hain's annual
The theme of the event was 'The Community and Voluntary Sector'.
The couple were greeted on their arrival at Hillsborough Castle
by Mr William Hall, Lord-Lieutenant of County Down and went on
to meet Secretary of State Peter Hain and First Minister Ian
In the Rose Garden they were introduced to Deputy Chief
Constable Paul Leighton along with a number of police officers
and their guests.
They also met Brigadier Mike Riddell-Webster, Commander 39
Brigade, who went on to introduce a number of personnel serving
in Northern Ireland and their guests.
In the main garden the Comber Silver band played the National
Anthem before the Secretary of State invited the royal couple to
plant a Wollemi Pine tree, with the assistance of Mr Jimmy
Creighton, a member of staff at Hillsborough Castle who is due
to retire soon after 31 years of service.
Accompanied by Mr William Hall and Mr Alan Shannon, Permanent
Secretary with the Department of Social Development.
The Prince and the Duchess then went on a tour of the garden,
meeting many of the 2,000 guests attending the event.