Free party at Stormont for Queen's visit

Published Friday, 08 June 2012
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More than 10,000 people from across Northern Ireland will get to take part in a huge event at Stormont to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, during the Queen's visit later this month.

Free party at Stormont for Queen's visit
Stormont will host a patry for more than 10,000 people in honour of the Queen. (© Getty)

The Northern Ireland Office has announced that the Stormont estate will host the celebrations on 27 June.

Representatives from a multitude of groups - including youth organisations, the emergency services, ex-service associations, government departments, local councils, health trusts, education and library boards - have already been invited.

But around 10,000 free tickets will also be made available to the public, with details of how to apply set to be released next week.

The Queen will visit Northern Ireland for two days as part of her Jubilee tour of the UK.

It is widely expected that another little piece of history could be written, with speculation rife that deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will become the first republican leader to shake hands with the Queen.

As this will be an iconic, unprecedented and historic Royal occasion we expect there will be exceptional demand for tickets.

First Minister Peter Robinson

Buckingham Palace broke with a tradition of silence when it comes to arrangements for Royal visits to Northern Ireland, announcing the exact dates - 26 and 27 June - well in advance.

That has been noted as a significant development, given the precedent for tight security arrangements, and it is thought the success of the recent visit by the Queen to the Republic of Ireland is at least partly responsible.

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson said he was delighted that local people would get the opportunity to be a part of the celebrations marking the Queen's 60-year reign.

"I know that Her Majesty will receive the warmest of welcomes," he said.

"This is a truly historic occasion and an opportunity to recognise the service and dedication of Her Majesty to the whole United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, and her people."

First Minister Peter Robinson also welcomed the announcement.

"It is fitting that such a celebration should take place in the Stormont Estate," the DUP leader said.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Hyacinth Bouquet in Belfast wrote (960 days ago):
Bah humbug to all you party poopers! Imagine begrudging all the wee children a party and a chance to share in history. Lighten up and enjoy your lives.
parkview true blues in belfast wrote (962 days ago):
10,000 friends of local councillors you mean. the bog standard joe soap like myself wont be getting an invite but im sure they'll use a lot of my hard earned tax money to pay for it.
Mrs Collum in Enniskillen wrote (962 days ago):
How do you apply for tickets for the Queen's forthcoming visit to Stormont?
Elizabeth R in in my domain, Ireland, uk wrote (964 days ago):
Party for the back slappers and fawning sycophants, whoopeee!!!! Would you be caught dead? Marty will be there no doubt!
Eamonn Andrews in Belfast wrote (964 days ago):
Im not sure a party for 10,000 people in stormont is not going to help our young people get and maintain jobs, there will be alot of tax payers money spent on this party,and a hell of alot more on security.I think its time someone set up an organisation to hold our MLA,s to account.They are always quick to jump to hold someone else to account. Its a joke, wasting money when people are struggling with the lack of it. And as for martin mcguinness shaking the queens hand, Well i think its just a step to far.Martin needs to focus on the people who put him in power,the poor people, instead of throwing parties for the rich. Its a JOKE......
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