His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has visited Belfast City Hall to view the completed major restoration project.
Belfast City Hall was designed by Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas and completed in 1906. It is recognised as one of the most important examples of the Baroque Revival style in Britain or Ireland.
Arriving at Belfast City Hall His Royal Highness was greeted by Dame Mary Peters DBE The Lord-Lieutenant of the County Borough of Belfast and went on to meet Councillor Naomi Long MP The Rt Honourable The Lord Mayor of Belfast and Mr Peter McNaney Chief Executive of Belfast City Council.
His Royal Highness, accompanied by The Lord Mayor, toured the Marble Entrance and viewed the Rotunda and whispering gallery. Upstairs on the first floor Rotunda The Prince of Wales met members of Belfast City Council, their spouses and partners.
In the Lord Mayor’s Parlour His Royal Highness viewed photographs depicting the refurbishment and opening of key landmarks within the city last year, including the Library at Queen’s University, the Ulster Hall and St Malachy’s Church.
His Royal Highness accepted an invitation from The Lord Mayor to sign a photograph portrait of himself which will go on display in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour.
In the Council Chamber The Prince of Wales met architects, crafts people and technicians involved in the refurbishment project.
In the Reception Room His Royal Highness met community groups who work with Belfast City Council representing Good Relations Unit and those involved with the Belfast City Council ‘Renewing the Routes’ initiative to enhance areas around main roads leading into the city.
The Prince of Wales was Guest of Honour at a reception attended by around 50 guests representing adult volunteers, Titanic Signature Project, Connswater Greenway, Belfast City Council’s Youth Forum, apprentices from Belfast City Council’s ‘Step up to Work’ project, and Belfast Metropolitan College, as well as refurbishment and new building projects across the city including St Malachy’s Church, Ulster Museum, the library at Queen’s University and Lyric Theatre.
Following words of welcome The Lord Mayor presented The Prince of Wales with a gift of a piece of local craftware and invited him to sign the visitors’ book.