Thousands welcome Queen to Coleraine

Thousands welcome Queen to Coleraine

Thousands of people have lined the streets of Coleraine to welcome the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to the town for the final engagement of their three day visit to Northern Ireland.

The Queen helped launch the town's commemoration services for the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.The monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh were guests of honour at a service to remember all those who lost their lives in the global conflict.Actors donned period costume from the era and the Royals paid tribute to the work of the British Legion and its members from both sides of the border at a civic reception in the town hall.The Queen laid a wreath of poppies at the town's war memorial while a trumpeter played The Last Post.Hundreds jostled for position as the Queen took part in a walkabout to meet some of those who had braved the rain to grab a vantage point to get a glimpse of the visitors.Crowds waving Union flags packed around the square, and local shop and office workers took a break to watch proceedings from first and second floor windows.Earlier the Royal couple flew to Coleraine from her official residence at Hillsborough Castle - where earlier they chatted to experts from the Antiques Roadshow who assessed items from the castle's collections.The Coleraine visit marked the end of a packed three days for the Queen and Duke, with trips to the film set of Game of Thrones, Crumlin Road Gaol and St George's Market in the city.Buckingham Palace officials have hailed what was the Queen's 21st visit to Northern Ireland as an overwhelming success.The public were allowed unprecedented access to the Royals and while past trips have seen her itinerary closely guarded due to security fears, this week's engagements were publicised well in advance.


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