Sunday, 7 November 2010

Prince Andrew in Belfast

His Royal Highness The Duke of York KG KCVO has attended a remembrance service in Belfast for members of the Royal Irish Regiment on Sunday.

Prince Andrew, who is Commander-in-Chief of the RIR, attended the ceremony in Belfast Cathedral.

HRH read the first lesson during a service which saw the Queen's and Regimental Colours of the Second Battalion marched in, received and placed in the Cathedral's sanctuary. HRH was accompanied by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and was greeted by Dame Mary Peters DBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant of the County Borough of Belfast.

Inside Belfast Cathedral His Royal Highness went on to meet Councillor William Humphrey MLA, The Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Christopher Stalford, Sheriff for the County Borough of Belfast, Mr Nigel Dodds Member of Parliament for North Belfast, The Rt Hon Peter Robinson MLA, First Minister of Northern Ireland and The Right Reverend Dr Gordon McMullan.

The Regiment's first battalion is currently deployed in Afghanistan. Earlier, Prince Andrew met relatives of the serving soldiers at a private gathering.


Anonymous said...

"Belfast Cathedral"? surely the traditional and official dedication is the Cathedral Church of St Anne, or simply St Anne's Cathedral, as is the custom of St Paul's Cathedral, one does not use the term "London Cathedral" St Anne's the Anglican Parish Church of Belfast called after the Donegall family, "Belfast Cathedral" is a more recent usage probably dreamed up by some lazy member of the press who could not bother to check the fracts "V"

Timothy Belmont said...

I'm afraid you'll have to take that up with the Cathedral! If you check their website, they call themselves Belfast Cathedral, like many Cathedrals in the United Kingdom, viz. Chester, Ely, Canterbury, York ad nauseum.