Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Prince Philip in Ulster

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has arrived in Northern Ireland and has met this year’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award recipients at a presentation ceremony in Hillsborough Castle, County Down.

HRH was greeted at Hillsborough by Mr David Lindsay, the Lord-Lieutenant of County Down; and then went on to meet Mr David Corbett, Sheriff for County Down and Ms Kate Thompson, the Director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Northern Ireland. Ms Thompson accompanied Prince Philip during the engagement.

Around 100 young people were presented with Gold Awards, marking their successful completion of a voluntary process of personal development aimed at helping them reach their full potential.

Joining today’s celebration and assisting with the formal presentation of the awards were Mr Eddie Irvine, Northern Ireland-born former Formula 1 Racing Driver and Mr Alan Simpson, the BBC radio presenter.

HRH went on to visit the Belfast Activity Centre (BAC) at Barnett's Demesne, Belfast. Arriving at the Boathouse, part of the BAC complex, Prince Philip was greeted by the Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie OBE; and went on to meet Mr Stephen Dickson, Director, BAC, Ms Victoria Fong and Ms Sheena Mann both GAP students and Gold Award Participants. HRH also met a number of funders, architects and representatives of organisations involved in the boathouse project.


Owen Polley said...

Hopefully any one armed, Chinese lesbians due to receive an award have thick skins!

Timothy Belmont said...

Ha ha! nice one, Chekov. HRH is irrepressible! :-)