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Royal wedding: How Northern Ireland featured on fairytale day - and why Kilkeel may have been chosen as Queen's gift

By Jonathan Bell

Northern Ireland was catapulted into the limelight at Saturday's fairytale royal wedding.

Saturday morning saw the announcement the Prince Harry and bride Meghan had been conferred the titles of Baron and Baroness of Kilkeel.

Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party.
Charlie Butler, Gregg Clarke, William Humphrey MLA, Gareth McKeown Stephen Paul and Ryan McMinn. Pic: Freddie Parkinson Presseye
Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Charlie Butler, Gregg Clarke, William Humphrey MLA, Gareth McKeown Stephen Paul and Ryan McMinn. Pic: Freddie Parkinson Presseye
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Little Ariyah Martin only 4 weeks old and her Uncle William Humphrey M L A, Harper McMinn, Reeva Townsley, Miley Smith and Alayna Orr.
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Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Little Ariyah Martin only 4 weeks old and her Uncle William Humphrey M L A
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Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Cathy Lundy enjoys the sun and party
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Ellen Whyte (5) and Sofia Nesbitt (4)
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Alayna Orr (3), Maddox (5) and Sonni (3) Tahiri
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Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Karson Fluke (2)
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Kirsty Maclure and Zara Fleck (4)
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Paige Irvine (Centre) with twins Faith and Gracey McMullan (3)
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Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Paige Irvine (Centre) with twins Faith and Gracey McMullan (3)
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Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 The Little Beauty Lounge, Crumlin Road, Belfast Jade Hamill handing out the Tea Cakes for the Wedding Party.

While the wedding procession which took the newly married couple though the streets of Windsor was guided by a Northern Ireland-bred horse and his son.

There was shock in the seaside town of Kilkeel when the announcement came of the titles. The Queen awards the titles as a gift to the newly weds, but it is in consultation with them.

Buckingham Palace said that all Baronies have a Nomen Dignitatis and a territorial designation. The title therefore is Kilkeel and the territorial designation is of Kilkeel in the County of Down.

Samuel Hamilton, owner of the Kilmorey Arms Hotel, Kilkeel, said: "I think that it is fantastic news. I can't believe it.

"The Queen has visited Kilkeel in the past and Charles and Camilla were here not so long ago. We hope now he has been made the Baron of Kilkeel that he will be visiting us in the near future.

"The Baron and Baroness are most welcome."

Prince Harry's brother William was handed the title of the Baron of Carrickfergus on his wedding day.

UUP Councillor David Taylor said his party had already tabled a motion to invite the couple to Kilkeel.

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex ride in the Ascot Landau Carriage as they pass through the Cambridge Gate into the grounds of Windsor Castle at the end of their carriage procession in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Yui MokYUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex ride in the Ascot Landau Carriage as they pass through the Cambridge Gate into the grounds of Windsor Castle at the end of their carriage procession in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Yui MokYUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession on the Long Walk as they head back towards Windsor Castle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Emmanuel DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle following their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Well-wishers lining the streets wave and cheer as Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pass riding in the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession taking the turn from Castle Hill onto the High Street outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / POOL AND AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Well-wishers lining the streets wave and cheer as Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pass riding in the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession taking the turn from Castle Hill onto the High Street outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / POOL AND AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Well-wishers lining the streets wave and cheer as Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pass riding in the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession taking the turn from Castle Hill onto the High Street outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / POOL AND AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Well-wishers lining the streets wave and cheer as Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pass riding in the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession taking the turn from Castle Hill onto the High Street outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / POOL AND AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (R) begin their carriage procession in the Ascot Landau Carriage after their wedding ceremony at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL AND AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry kiss on the steps of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle following their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the steps of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle after their wedding PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle after their wedding PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ben BirchallBEN BIRCHALL/AFP/Getty Images
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives with page boys Prince George (L) and Jasper Dyer and bridesmaids Princess Charlotte (R) and Florence van Cutsem at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19: Spectators watch the Royal Wedding at Federation Square on May 19, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. Australians enjoyed the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle televised live across the country on Saturday evening local time. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle after their wedding PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

"It's a massive honour," said the councillor describing the announcement as "completely out of the blue".

"There was no indication we were to receive this great news, but certainly Kilkeel is very worthy of the recognition and no doubt it will be welcomed right across the district.

"People have been delighted."

He continued: "Kilkeel is surrounded by fantastic scenery - my mother is from there so it is a place very close to my heart. It is a great place.

"Hopefully they can visit as soon as possible - but they have already put Kilkeel on the map and I hope it encourages people to visit. It is well worth the trip."

The councillor said the ceremony itself was very "uplifting".

"It was emotional at time and I just wish the couple all the very best joy and fulfilment in their married lives."

Following the ceremony the married couple were taken on a carriage ride through the town of Windsor to greet the many thousands who had lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the prince and his new wife.

And guiding the carriage was Northern Ireland-bred horse Storm along with his son Tyrone.

Meghan Markle arrives for her wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Meghan Markle arrives for her wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Meghan Markle arrives for her wedding to Prince Harry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Andrew Matthews - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle (R) and her mother, Doria Ragland, arrive for her wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Meghan Markle (R) with her mother Doria Ragland drive down the Long Walk as they arrive at Windsor Castle ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Meghan Markle and her mother Doria Ragland make their way to St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Phil Harris - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Meghan Markle arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for their wedding. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

The Queen also conferred the titles of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton.

Had Harry not been given a title, Meghan would have become HRH Princess Henry of Wales - with her title incorporating her husband actual first name because she is not a princess in her own right. She would not have been Princess Meghan.

The prospect of taking on Harry's first name is not something Meghan, a former UN women's advocate, is likely to have wanted to do.

Clarissa Campbell Orr, visiting fellow at St Mary's University said: "She will become the first Duchess of Sussex.

"That's important because she would not be Princess Meghan, she would have been Princess Henry.

"If you are not born a princess then you take your title from your husband, your rank, from your husband."

Prince Harry (left) and The Duke of Cambridge (right) arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Ian West/PA Wire
Prince Harry (left) and The Duke of Cambridge (right) arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Ian West/PA Wire
Prince Harry (left) and the Duke of Cambridge arrive for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) arrives with his best man Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (R) at the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 for his wedding ceremony to marry US actress Meghan Markle. / AFP PHOTO / POOL AND AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Doria Ragland watches the arrival of the Queen and the Duke of Edinurgh at St George's Chapel ahead of the wedding of her daughter Meghan Markle to Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
(L-R) The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank sit ahead of the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jonathan BradyJONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images
Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland (L) arrives for the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Gareth FullerGARETH FULLER/AFP/Getty Images
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
The Earl of Wessex (right) and James, Viscount Severn arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn take their seats inside the Chapel ahead of the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jonathan BradyJONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: MIke Tindall and Zara Tindall arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Princess Eugenie arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, (C) arrives with Britain's Princess Beatrice of York (R) and Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (L) arrive for the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL AND AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Sarah, Duchess of York arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

She suggested that in everyday conversation, the royal bride is likely to still be referred to as Meghan Markle.

"It's very interesting that people still refer to Kate Middleton," she said, "they don't refer to her as the Duchess of Cambridge".

She added that the same may be true for Meghan.

"She may still be referred to in discussion as Meghan Markle, but officially she will be the Duchess of Sussex."

On Harry becoming the first Baron of Kilkeel - his Northern Irish title, the historian said: "Younger sons do not always get an Irish title. Because they are further away from the throne it is less crucial for them to have a title in each place."

She added: "It's interesting that the town has got a population equally divided between Catholic and Protestant. I don't know if that was a factor in the decision.

"I'm sure the town is pretty chuffed to get that recognition."

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