His Royal Highness The Duke of York has been welcomed to the Island Civic Centre in Lisburn and has undertaken a number of engagements meeting representatives from The Royal Irish Regiment Museum, Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) and the UDR Memorial Trust. The Duke also visited the recently dedicated UDR Memorial in Lisburn City Centre.
His Royal Highness 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 Mr Jeffery Donaldson, Member of Parliament for Lagan Valley.
Inside, the first engagement was with Lt Colonel (Retired) Charlie Bennett UD, Chairman of the Royal Irish Regiment Museum, and Ms Amanda Moreno, Museum Head of Collection. His Royal Highness, Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Irish Regiment, accepted an invitation to view an exhibition dedicated to the preservation of the history and heritage of the Royal Irish Regiment and its antecedent regiments from 1689 to the present day.
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 Lt Colonel (Retired) Wesley Duncan 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, The Duke of York accompanied by Lt Col Duncan went on to view the recently dedicated UDR Memorial in the near-by city centre.