Wednesday was the last day of Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to Northern Ireland. The Royal couple certainly saw a busy schedule of engagements whilst visiting Belfast.
The Queen and Prince Philip met experts from the BBC programme, The Antiques Roadshow, at Hillsborough Castle on Wednesday morning.
One of the pieces the specialists focused on was a small, bronze sculpture of a horse and jockey, believed to be of the 1863 Derby winner Macaroni.
Her Majesty and Prince Philip were shown a George IV library table, one of a pair kept at Hillsborough; an 18th century Chinese soup tureen and five figurines from a Meissen monkey orchestra, both of which are held in the National Museum of Northern Ireland.
The Antiques Roadshow’s Paul Atterbury,John Axford and Hilary Kay introduced the items to The Queen and Prince, then spent about 10 minutes with the Royal couple.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh then attended a Royal British Legion Reception at Coleraine Town Hall in Coleraine.
Coleraine Borough Council hosted a reception to recognise the contribution that the Royal British Legion has made to enrich the lives of veterans and their families. The purpose of the event, which took place at Coleraine Town Hall, was to show support for the Royal British Legion throughout Ireland and to launch the Council’s programme of activities that will commemorate the start of Britain’s involvement in WWI.
The Royal couple will return later today as Prince Philip is scheduled to attend a Dinner to mark the 50th Anniversary of Churchill College in Cambridge.