The Queen visits Northern Ireland


The Queen met local business owners, visited The Rifles and attended a reception at Hillsborough Castle during a busy day of engagements.

Queen Camilla meets members of the public during a visit to Lisburn Road in Belfast.

To begin the day, Her Majesty arrived in Belfast City Centre to meet with three well-known small Northern Irish businesses. These included Coffey’s Butchers, Arcadia Delicatessen and Knotts Craft Bakery. 

Queen Camilla meets staff at Coffey's Butchers during a visit to Lisburn Road in Belfast.

The Queen then visited The Rifles at Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn where she took a Royal Salute and watched the parade conduct a march and double-past. The parade was observed by the remainder of the Battalion and their family members. Her Majesty then joined the Riflemen and their family members for a reception.

The Queen visits The Rifles

Moving to Hillsborough Castle, Her Majesty attended a special event by The Queen's Reading Room. The event featured performances by poets and actors, highlighting some of the very best of Northern Irish poetry. 

Queen Camilla (centre) attends an event hosted by the Queen's Reading Room to mark World Poetry Day at Hillsborough Castle in Belfast.

Following the recital, The Queen met guests at the event, which included the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland. 

Queen Camilla with First Minister Michelle O'Neill, Deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly and Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris.