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12th Sep 2022

King Charles to visit Northern Ireland tomorrow

Sarah McKenna Barry

The monarch became King last week.

King Charles III is set to visit Northern Ireland tomorrow for the first time after becoming the King of the UK.

As BreakingNews reports, Charles will travel to Belfast tomorrow with his wife, the Queen Consort Camilla. The pair will be greeted by Lord Lieutenant of Belfast, Fionnuala Mary Jay-O’Boyle, and Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris at the airport.

They will then journey to Hillsborough Castle in Co. Down, where they will meet with the NI Secretary as well as representatives from various political parties. Additionally, the speaker of the Stormont Assembly will deliver a message on behalf of Northern Ireland.

A service will also be held in Belfast to honour the life of his mother Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away last week.

Following her death, King Charles issued a statement in which he said the loss is a a moment of “the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family”.

It read: “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by the countless people around the world.

“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”

The Queen’s coffin will lie in state in Westminster Hall from Thursday 15 September until Monday 19 September, where members of the public will be welcome to pay their respects. Then, her funeral will take place that day at 11am in Westminster Abbey. The service will be closed to the public, but it will be broadcast on all major TV channels.

The royal mourning period will last for seven days after the funeral.