STACEY HEANEY REPORTS
Minister Edwin Poots introduces
the Queen to guests at a
reception in Hillsborough Castle
on Wednesday night to celebrate
sport in the Province. Pic by
The Queen at the
reception to mark the centenary of the Territorial
Army in Northern Ireland held in Hillsborough Castle
on Tuesday night.
The Queen chats
with some of the guests at the Hillsborough
Castle reception. Pics by John Harrison.
The Queen meets
some of the guests at the Hillsborough Castle
The Queen chats
with guests at the Hillsborough Castle
THE Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were in
Hillsborough this week, as they began "an enormously significant
and historic" visit to the Province, which saw Her Majesty
present the Maundy purses in Armagh on Thursday.
Her Majesty looked cheerful as she arrived at
the Royal residence in Hillsborough on Tuesday afternoon for her
three-day visit to, her 20th to Northern Ireland.
The Queen, wearing a long cream coat, cream
gloves and carrying a black handbag, was greeted by Mr William
Hall, The Lord-Lieutenant of County Down, before being
introduced to Dr Alan Gillespie CBE, Sheriff for County Down,
and Secretary of State Shaun Woodward.
The Queen began her visit by honouring the
bravery of members of the Ulster Territorial Army as she met
over 300 TA soldiers, veterans and guests at a reception in
Hillsborough Castle to mark the centenary year of the
organisation in the UK.
She took time to speak with local members of the
TA, enquiring about their roles in the organisation and asking
one local soldier, who is recovering from an injury received in
Afghanistan, where her grandson Prince Harry was serving until
recently, about his recovery.
Following the reception, Her Majesty attended
a private dinner in Hillsborough Castle. Shaun Woodward, who was
present at the dinner, said: "I am delighted to welcome Her
Majesty and His Royal Highness to Hillsborough Castle at the
start of a visit that is an enormously significant and historic
occasion for everyone.
"In this new era of political stability and
optimism the people of Northern Ireland, who continue to embrace
our shared vision of normality, will see a Royal Maundy Service
take place here for the first time ever in the historic City of
The Queen took part in several engagements during her visit,
before presenting 82 men and 82 women - representing her 82nd
year - with the traditional Maundy purses in Armagh yesterday.