For the second time this year, The Princess Royal travelled to Province in Northern Ireland for a series of engagements.
During her first engagement of the day, The Princess visited the Siege Museum in Derry-Londonderry. Since the summer of 2005, the museum has served as a permanent display of the history of the Siege of Derry and the Apprentice Boys of Derry. While at the museum, Her Royal Highness met with local school children who have benefited from visiting the museum’s educational facility. She was also treated to a display by highlander dancers before unveiling a special stone to mark the Centenary of Northern Ireland.
William Moore, a spokesman for the museum and a senior member of the Apprentice Boys, said of the royal visit: “We are delighted and honoured to have the Princess Royal visit our museum and also coming along and unveiling a centenary stone within the museum as well.
“This is all part of our commemoration and celebration of the centenary of Northern Ireland.”
It was then on to Seating Matters for the day’s second engagement. The company designs and manufactures clinical and therapeutic seating for patients and caregivers and is specially designed to help prevent and increase comfort all while remaining at a reduced cost. The Princess met with management and staff at the family-run Limavady business and during a factory tour, she learned about the production process. Seeing seating made first hand, The Princess was also told about the company’s innovative and leading role in enhancing the quality of life of patients through clinical excellence.
To conclude the day, the royal met with staff and volunteers at the Limavady Community Development Initiative. The charity aims to improve lives in the local borough and has played a key role in refurbishing the former Roe Valley Hospital. The facility offers a range of voluntary and charitable activities and is home to a social supermarket that aims to break the cycle of poverty.
The Queen, who was forced to stay overnight in the hospital ahead of her visit, was set to visit the country last month. A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said in a statement at the time: “Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland, where she had been due to undertake a series of engagements today and tomorrow.
“The Queen sends her warmest good wishes to the people of Northern Ireland, and looks forward to visiting in the future.'”
Her Majesty is currently on a two-week leave citing doctors’ orders but is still participating in events virtually including the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow.