The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Belfast City Airport. On arrival they were met by Dame Mary Peters, Lord Lieutenant of the County Borough of Belfast and Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and the Chief Executive of Belfast City Airport.
The Royal party made its way to Her Majesty’s Official Residence in Northern Ireland – Hillsborough Castle. On arrival at Hillsborough Castle The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were met by David Lindsay, Lord Lieutenant of Co Down and Michael Day, Chief Executive of Historic Royal Palaces.
Hillsborough Castle is the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen in Northern Ireland and residence of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. The Castle has hosted numerous landmark political events and continues to be popular stop for tourists from all over the world.
On 1st April 2014, Historic Royal Palaces took over management of the Castle from NIO. Details from HRP will be forthcoming in regards to improving the Castle as well as visitor experience.
During The Queen’s Audiences with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, First Minister of Northern Ireland, the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and Chief Executive of Historic Royal Palaces, Prince Philip met recipients of The Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
The Duke of Edinburgh met around 75 recipients of the DOE Gold Awards and took the opportunity to speak to each individual award recipient and their families. The Duke met with representatives from the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, Belfast Education and Library Board, Campbell College, NI Fire and Rescue Service, Royal School Armagh and Triangle Housing – all of whom received Operating Authority License Certificates.
Founded in the UK 1956 by Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has since expanded to 140 other countries. The awards acknowledge adolescents and young adults for completing a series of self-improvement exercises modelled on Kurt Hahn’s solution to the “Six Declines of Modern Youth.”
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh continue their visit tomorrow with a stop at Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast to tour the‘Game of Thrones’ set at Titanic Quarter. After their tour, they will attend a reception and lunch at Belfast City Hall. Later, The Royal couple will attend a Garden Party at Hillsborough Castle.