Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Prince Edward in County Down

His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex today attended the 20th Anniversary, Integrated Education Fund Reception in Hillsborough Castle, County Down.

Prior to the Reception HRH was greeted by the Lord-Lieutenant of County Down, Mr David Lindsay, and went on to meet The Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP, Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office, Mr David Montgomery, Campaign President, Integrated Education Fund (IEF), the Baroness Blood MBE, Campaign  Lady Chairman, IEF, and Ms Marie Cowan,  Lady Chairman of Trustees, IEF.

In the Drawing Room and Throne Room Prince Edward met a large number of invited guests representing the following areas: IEF Board of Trustees; Former IEF Board of Trustees; IEF Campaign Council Members; IEF Donor Groups; Integrated Primary School Principals; Integrated College Principals; Integrated Education Support Groups; Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education/All Children Together; and Founding Parents/School Governors.

During the Reception musicians from New Bridge Integrated College and Lagan College provided the background music.

Following a few words of thanks from Mr Montgomery, Ms Cowan presented HRH with a gift of  a specially commissioned 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet containing personal reflections from people impacted by the work of the IEF.

The Minister of State, Mr Montgomery, Lady Blood and Ms Cowan bade HRH farewell.

Prior to departure HRH signed the visitors’ book.

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