Thursday, 23 June 2011

Duke of York in Lisburn

The Duke of York yesterday morning visited F. G. Wilson (Engineering) Limited, Old Glenarm Road, Larne, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim (Mrs. Joan Christie).

HRH was yesterday welcomed to the Island Civic Centre in Lisburn, County Antrim, and undertook a series of engagements, meeting representatives from The Royal Irish Regiment Museum, Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) and the UDR Memorial Trust.

HRH also visited the recently dedicated UDR Memorial in Lisburn City Centre.

Prince Andrew was greeted on arrival at Lisburn City Council buildings by Alderman William Leathem, Deputy Mayor, and Mr Norman Davidson, Chief Executive. HRH went on to meet the Rt Hon Jeffrey Donaldson, MP for Lagan Valley.

Inside, the first engagement was with Lieutenant-Colonel Charlie Bennett UD (retired), Chairman of the Royal Irish Regiment Museum, and Ms Amanda Moreno, Museum Head of Collection.

HRH who also holds the role of the UK’s Special Representative for International Trade and Industry was then welcomed by Mr Alastair Hamilton, Chief Executive of Invest NI and was invited to join him and his Senior Management Team for a working lunch and presentation on trade and investment.

His Royal Highness then went on to meet Lieutenant-Colonel Wesley Duncan (Retired) who presented representatives of the UDR Memorial Trust. The regiment had around 50,000 men and women from all walks of life serve in its ranks from its formation in 1970 until it was merged with the Royal Irish Regiment in 1992.

Following the meeting, HRH accompanied by Colonel Duncan went on to view the recently dedicated UDR Memorial in Lisburn city centre.

1 comment :

Gavin Bamford said...

The Duke of York was missed at the unveiling of the UDR memorial a few Sunday's ago, but he did have his father's birthday party to go to instead.

Very pleased taht he has now seen same memorial and met some of teh old soldiers etc.

Lt Col Wesley Duncan MBE, UD (& MiD).