His Royal Highness the Duke of York has arrived in Northern Ireland and has attended the annual service of remembrance for the Royal Irish Regiment held in Belfast Cathedral. HRH was accompanied by the Rt Hon Owen Paterson, MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
His Royal Highness is Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Irish Regiment (27th (Inniskillings), 83rd, 87th, and the Ulster Defence Regiment).
His Royal Highness was greeted by Dame Mary Peters DBE, Lord-Lieutenant of the County Borough of Belfast, and by the Dean of Belfast, the Very Reverend Dr Houston McKelvey OBE QVRM TD.
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, Nigel Dodds MP for North Belfast, The Rt Hon Peter Robinson MLA, First Minister of Northern Ireland and The Right Reverend Dr Gordon McMullan.
During the service the Queen’s and Regimental Colours of the Second Battalion were marched in, received and placed in the Sanctuary while the regimental slow march was played.
His Royal Highness read the First Lesson from Ecclesiasticus 44 1-13.
Following the act of remembrance, the address was given by the Dean.
The collection was in aid of the Regimental Benevolent Funds of the Royal Irish Regiment and Ulster Defence Regiment.