Queen to pay Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will visit Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations next year.
While details of dates and destinations will not be announced until later, the trip to Northern Ireland will form part of the Royal couple’s regional tour next spring and summer.
A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace confirmed last night: “The Queen will definitely be coming to Northern Ireland as part of the tour next year.”
The Queen will be 86 in April and Prince Phillip, who turns 91 next year, has already publicly stated he is reducing his workload.
Their decision to stay at home means other senior Royals will visit the more exotic locations, including the Queen’s 15 realms — nations where she is head of state — major Commonwealth countries, and other countries with ties to the UK.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's trip to Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu on behalf of the Queen is likely to attract the most interest.
Tuvalu has not had a major Royal visit in decades and William and Kate are likely to bring the tiny South Pacific islands to a standstill.
When the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh toured the remote nation in 1982, they were carried shoulder high by islanders as they sat in canoes.
Prince Charles and Camilla will travel to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea as part of the celebrations while Prince Harry will tour Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas.
Prince Charles will make additional trips to the less glamorous resorts of the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
Harry's visit will be his first solo trip on behalf of the Queen and may see him use it as an opportunity to stage a fundraising polo match on behalf of his Sentebale charity.
Prince Edward and his wife Sophie appear to have had the luck of the draw. They can look forward to a sun-kissed tour of the Caribbean, visiting Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, with an extra visit to Gibraltar.
Prince Andrew will visit India while Princess Anne will visit Mozambique and Zambia.