To mark the centenary of Northern Ireland, Her Majesty The Queen sent a message to the people of Northern Ireland, which can be viewed by clicking here.
The Lieutenancy has also been involved in a number of events across County Antrim:
The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, was involved in tree planting and beacon lighting ceremonies in Antrim, Ballymena and Ballymoney, which were organised by the respective Borough Councils. He also attended a Service of Commemoration organised by Causeway Coast & Glens Council.
Mrs Jackie Stewart, MBE, DL, also represented the Lieutenancy at a tree planting ceremony in Carrickfergus.
Please find a selection of images from the events below:
The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, would like to congratulate the three winners of the coveted Queen's Award for Enterprise from County Antrim.
The winners were announced today by The Gazette and are:
Please click here to see the full publication in the Gazette.
The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, has now signed the Books of Condolence with all four Councils in County Antrim, following the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh last week. Due to COVID19 restrictions, some of the books of condolence were virtual. A list of the books signed below:
1) Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, to sign their virtual book of condolence, please click here
2) Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council, to sign their virtual book of condolence, please click here
3) Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, to sign their virtual book of condolence, please click here
4) Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, to sign their virtual book of condolence, please click here
The pictures below correspond to the order of Council's listed above.
Buckingham Palace have released details for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral:
It is with great sadness that we heard this morning, the 9th April 2021, that HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has passed away peacefully at home at Windsor Castle. Buckingham Palace released the following statement:
"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
Further announcements will be made in due course.
The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."
To view the full statement released by Buckingham Palace, please click here
The Lord-Lieutenant's Message of Condolence
"On behalf of the people of County Antrim, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Her Majesty, The Queen and the rest of The Royal Family on the passing of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
His Royal Highness will be first and foremost remembered as a family man and for his life of duty, purpose and devotion to Her Majesty, The Queen. We also remember his significant contributions in many areas; in particular his service during The Second World War and his commitment to young people through the founding of The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme."
David McCorkell KStJ
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim
The new Lord-Lieutenant's Cadets have just been announced. The two new cadets for County Antrim are:
* Cadet Staff Sergeant Ciara McKay, C Comp, 1st (NI) Bn ACF
* Cadet Corporal Ross Currie, H Comp, 2nd (NI) Bn ACF
The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, would like to congratulate the new cadets who were selected to represent the Army Cadets NI Battalion as Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant's Cadets for County Antrim.
The cadets will attend a ceremony at HM The Queen's official residence, Hillsborough Castle, where they will be presented with their certificate and badge of office by the Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell.
To be a Lord-Lieutenant Cadet, you must be of the highest calibre and be nominated firstly by your Detachment Commander and Company Commander, the process moves on then when a meeting is convened by RFCA and attended by HM's Lord-Lieutenants and they select the cadet after reading their citation.
Each County has a Lord-Lieutenant, as well as the two County Borough's Belfast and Londonderry. The cadets will accompany their respective Lord-Lieutenants on official duties such as Remembrance Sunday and when members of the Royal Family come to Northern Ireland.
Lord-Lieutenant Cadets are selected from members of the Cadet Forces (Sea Cadet Corps, Combined Cadet Force, Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps) so to be selected it is a great honour for the cadets their parents and adult staff.
The Lord-Lieutenant will have four cadets until September 2021, as the term of last year’s cadets has been extended by six months due to them being unable to attend events due to COVID19.
For further information, please see the Army Cadets website, please click here to view.
It was announced today in the London Gazette that the Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, has been appointed by Her Majesty The Queen as a Knight of The Order of St John.
"The QUEEN has graciously pleased to sanction the following Promotions in, and Appointments to, the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem with effect from 15 February 2021 the date of Her Majesty’s sign-manual.
COMMANDERY OF ARDS IN NORTHERN IRELAND
David William McCORKELL"
The full Gazette notice can be viewed here.
Congratulations to Mrs Susan Pinkerton on her appointment as High Sheriff of County Antrim for 2021, which was announced in the London Gazette today, she takes over from Mr Rupert Cramsie. To see the announcement, please click here.
Mrs Susan Pinkerton lives at Seacon More, Ballymoney, County Antrim. Her husband Major John Pinkerton, TD, DL, was High Sheriff of County Antrim in 2015 and recently retired as a Deputy Lieutenant of the County.
Please click here to find out more about the role of High Sheriff and how it differs from the Lieutenancy.
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