Belfast Telegraph

Orange museum marks Queen's 90th with photo exhibition

By Rebecca Black

The Museum of Orange Heritage is hosting a special celebration of the Queen, with a display of photographs recalling her visits to Northern Ireland.

Images specially selected from Belfast Telegraph archives in a "Happy and Glorious" exhibition include photographs from the Queen's first official visit in 1945.

The then Princess Elizabeth reviewed the Girl Guides in Lisburn on that occasion.

The exhibition comes after events across the UK this week celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday. It also includes photographs from the monarch's regular visits to our shores during the 64 years of her reign, and the celebrations for her Coronation and the Golden Jubilee.

Continuing the royal theme, cream teas will also be available to the public every Wednesday at the museum's Piccolo cafe throughout the duration of the display, which runs until the end of June.

Museum curator Dr Jonathan Mattison said the exhibition brought history to life through the presence of a shell of one of the original Lambeg drums that were played for the Royal couple in 1953.

"We are grateful to Hillsborough District for the loan of this significant musical item," he added.

"We are also indebted to the Belfast Telegraph for their cooperation and assistance in the provision of photographs for this special exhibition."

The Museum of Orange Heritage on the Cregagh Road, in south east Belfast, is open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and until 8pm every Thursday.

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