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:
You can enjoy the replay live stream of the performance below:
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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The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, presented two Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) this week. The QAVS is known as the MBE for volunteer groups and is the highest honour which can be given to volunteer groups across the UK.
On Wednesday evening, the Lord-Lieutenant presented the QAVS award to North Antrim Agricultural Association. North Antrim Agricultural Association has received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the role it plays in organising the annual Ballymoney Show. The presentation took place at a special reception held at Lissanoure Castle hosted by the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Richard Holmes. For more information, please click here.
On Thursday evening the Lord-Lieutenant presented the QAVS award to Atlas Woman's Centre, in Lisburn.
On Saturday the Lord-Lieutenant presented the QAVS to Rathfern Community Regeneration Group in Newtownabbey
Below is a slideshow of images from the presentations.
The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, received HRH The Earl of Wessex, Royal Colonel 2nd Battalion The Rifles, at Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn.
HRH visited the battalion and took part in a medal presentation ceremony.
The Princess Royal visited Antrim Castle Gardens, Randalstown Road, Antrim and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell. The Lord-Lieutenant then introduced HRH to the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb MBE JP, and Chief Executive of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Mrs Jacqui Dixon.
HRH toured the gardens, met Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Council staff and local volunteers and then presented the Friends of Antrim Castle Gardens with their Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups.
The Lord-Lieutenant was joined by his Lord-Lieutenant Cadet, Cadet Sergeant Major Emma Ellison, of 1st (NI) Bn ACF.
More information can be found on the Council website here.
Her Royal Highness then attended a reception at Hillsborough Castle for representatives from the Counties of Northern Ireland. HRH spoke with local healthcare professionals who have been working throughout the pandemic in hospitals and the community. The Lord-Lieutenant was in attendance and presented three volunteers from County Antrim.
Today the Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, KStJ, takes over the role of Knight Commander of Ards, the head of the Order of St John in Northern Ireland. The Commandery of Ards overseas the Order's activities in Northern Ireland, which are primarily focused on St John Ambulance NI. He succeeds the Viscount Brookeborough, KG, KStJ.
The Commandery of Ards sits within the Priory of England and the Islands of the Order of St John. The Order of St John is a British Order of Chivalry, with HM The Queen as Sovereign Head. HRH The Duke of Gloucester is the Grand Prior.
24th June marks the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist or “St John’s Day”. The Order is dedicated to John the Baptist and it has the motto "Pro Fide, Pro Utilitate Hominum", which translates as 'For Faith, For Service to Humanity' and reflects the Order's Christian values.
The Lord-Lieutenant's appointment as a Knight of St John can be view on the London Gazette by clicking here.
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