This morning the Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, undertook a Lord-Lieutenant’s Award Ceremony
at Hillsborough Castle presenting certificates to 19 inspirational recipients from County Antrim. This ceremony recognises those who received awards during both 2020 and 2021 and was orgnaised by RFCA NI.
The Lord-Lieutenant, and Antrim Lieutenancy, wish to express their warmest congratulations to all of the worthy recipients.
The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, received Their Royal Highnesses The Earl & Countess of Wessex at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, Lisburn, this afternoon. The Lord-Lieutenant introduced TRHs to Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Alderman Stephen Martin, and Chief Executive, David Burns.
The Earl and Countess visited Lisburn Museum, undertaking a tour of its award-winning ‘Flax to Fabric’ exhibition, tracing the history of linen production in Ulster. Their Royal Highnesses also viewed live spinning demonstration. During their visit, The Earl and Countess had the opportunity to view the design and watch the museum’s handloom weaver weaving a damask linen napkin commissioned to mark the granting of Royal status to nearby Hillsborough Village
TRHs were on a two day visit to Northern Ireland. They spent the night at Hillsborough Castle and also undertook engagements in Armagh and Down, including attending the Balmoral Show.
The Lord-Lieutenant was joined by his Lord-Lieutenant Cadet Cadet Company Sergeant Major Ciara McKay, Antrim Detachment, 1st (NI) Bn ACF.
The Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council news article can be found here.
The Lord-Lieutenant, Mr David McCorkell, was honoured to present one OBE, one MBE and 27 British Empire Medals (BEMs) to recipients from County Antrim during three investitures today at Hillsborough Castle. Many of whom were receiving honours for invaluable service to the County and their local communities during COVID19. This was the first Investiture following the pandemic.
The Lord-Lieutenant, and the whole of the Antrim Lieutenancy, wish to congratulate all the worthy recipients.
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Carrickfergus Castle provided the perfect back drop for a spectacular display of military music, as the Massed Bands of the Army's four Irish Regiments performed together in Northern Ireland for the first time in 35 years. The Event was organised by Mid & East Antrim Borough Council.
The crowd were delighted with displays from the bands of the Irish Guards and the Royal Irish Regiment, alongside the pipes and drums of the Royal Dragoon Guards, the Queen's Royal Hussars, the Irish Guards, the Royal Irish Regiment and Campbell College Pipe Band.
Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell took the salute and was joined by his Lord-Lieutenant Cadet, Cadet Sgt Major Emma Ellison, of 1st (NI) Bn ACF.
Amongst many others, the event was also attended by:
The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, presented the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), the MBE for volunteer groups, to a Safe Place to be Me at Antrim Castle Garden. The event was organised by Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council and hosted by the Mayor, Councillor Billy Webb, MBE, JP.
The Lord-Lieutenant was joined by his Lord-Lieutenant Cadet, Cadet Cpl Ross Currie, from 2nd (NI) Bn ACF.
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In a very hot ceremony this afternoon, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, Grand Prior of The Order of St John, invested the Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, Knight Commander of Ards, as a Knight of The Order of St John (KStJ) in the Priory Church at St John’s Gate, Clerkenwell, London. St John's Gate is the HQ of the Order of St John and St John Ambulance.
HRH was received by HM's Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London, Sir Kenneth Olisa, OBE, CStJ.
The Order of St John is a recognised British Order of Chivalry, with HM The Queen as the Sovereign Head. However, it does not confer any title, like ‘Sir’ or ‘Dame’, unlike other recognised British Orders of Chivalry (i.e. The Garter, The Thistle or Royal Victorian Order). That said, Mr McCorkell is still recognised by the Crown as holding the rank of a Knight. The Lord-Lieutenant was invested as a Knight of Justice of the Order of St John. There are two categories of Knights/Dames of St John; Knights/Dames of Justice and Knights/Dames of Grace. Mr McCorkell's appointed as a Knight of St John, by HM The Queen, was announced in the Gazette in March 2021 and can be viewed here.
The Lord-Lieutenant is pictured with his his son, who is a Priory Esquire of the Priory of England and The Islands. He is carrying the Banner for the Commandery of Ards. The Commandery of Ards oversees the Order's charitable work in Northern Ireland.
To mark Merchant Navy Day the Red Ensign was raised in Antrim and Larne at events hosted by Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council and Mid & East Antrim Borough Council respectively. The Antrim Lieutenancy was represented by:
They were joined by the respective Mayors.
The Mayor of Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council, Councillor Billy Webb, MBE, JP, hosted a reception in Yarn Suite at Mossley Mil in recognition of the significant achievement of being awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (QAE). Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, attended to present the coveted awards to:
The Lord-Lieutenant was joined by his Lord-Lieutenant Cadet, Cadet Sgt Robert Allen, of 1st (NI) BN ACF.
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