Thursday, 10 November 2011

Princess Royal in NI

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has been carrying out a number of engagements in a one-day visit to Northern Ireland.

HRH began by visiting RFD Beaufort, a firm that makes safety equipment for ships and airplanes, in Dunmurry.

Upon arrival Princess Anne was greeted by the Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie OBE and Mrs Moya Johnston, Managing Director of RFD Beaufort Ltd, who accompanied HRH throughout the company visit.

Throughout the day HRH was accompanied by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP.

Princess Anne then moved on to Oakfield Community Centre in Carrickfergus where she planted an oak tree with primary school children.

It was part of a scheme to plant six million trees across the UK to mark the Queen's diamond jubilee next year.

The Princess Royal's visit finished with a trip to the new Belfast Metropolitan College in the Titanic Quarter.

HRH took part in the official opening of the new £44m college building which will cater for up to 5,000 full and part-time students.


Anonymous said...

I wonder if it is an idea you could run with, would you consider letting your readers know in advance of these visits as you are tuned into them better than the average person (I mean me and others). I would be interested especially if i was in a posisition to join the crowd or better. J.
P.S. each time i send a comment i have to refresh the page as the first word verification is always missing, maybe it is something that needs looking at. Thanks.

Timothy Belmont said...

Unfortunately I am not informed of royal visits in advance. In general, the general public are informed after the event!

Be assured that I publicize royal visits as soon as I'm aware of them.


Anonymous said...

Very surprised that you ommitted to mention the main reason for princess Anne's visit which was to open an exhibition of portraits of significant people who had made a difference in NI in the last decade. It was in aid of save the children fund and the artist was Kenny Mckendry. The exhibition is outside the top floor restaurant of the House of Fraser and very well worth a visit. Google kenny mckendry and you will se some examples of his artistry.
Sammy Mehaffey

Timothy Belmont said...

Quite right, Sammy. Oversight. I rushed it out because they don't give any notice of royal visits to NI!