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Royal Black Institution marches in Lisburn, Ballymena, Portadown, Loughgall and Castlederg - Queen hailed in 90th year on final day of parade season

By Staff Reporter

The head of the Royal Black Institution looked back on "a wonderful year" for the Queen as she celebrated her 90th birthday.

An estimated 17,000 'Blackmen' brought the parade season to a close on the traditional last Saturday at demonstrations across six locations.

In all, some 360 preceptories, most accompanied by bands, stepped out in Lisburn, Ballymena, Portadown, Loughgall, Castlederg and Raphoe in Co Donegal.

Millar Farr, sovereign grand master, said: "This has been a wonderful year for Her Majesty as it has been for us, her loyal subjects. She celebrated her 90th birthday with parties and other events taking place throughout the nation.

"In this nation we are privileged to have such a wonderful monarch, one who is loved and respected by all. The celebrations which took place gave us the opportunity to show our love and admiration for Her Majesty and the royal family, who give so much in the service of our nation."

Mr Farr also paid tribute to those who fought and died at the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago as he spoke in Loughgall.

"We should remember with pride those who made the supreme sacrifice and that all of us have an obligation to ensure, in so far as it is possible, such an event never occurs again," he said.

"War costs lives and that price is paid by our armed forces; to them and their families we owe a debt which can never be repaid."

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