Boom! Queen’s birthday celebrations enjoyed right across NI

A 21 Royal Gun Salute took place in Hillsborough
A 21 Royal Gun Salute took place in Hillsborough

Among the events taking place across Northern Ireland to mark the monarch’s 90th birthday was an artillery gun salute in the Co Down village of Hillsborough.

A series of loud bangs rang out at midday on Saturday in the Co Down village of Hillsborough, followed by a flypast by 5 Regiment, Army Air Corps.

The event started around 10am.

Meanwhile the Millisle Youth Forum threw a Royal-themed Big Lunch with children of all ages dressing up as kings, queens, princes and princesses. The Patron of the Big Lunch is HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

Organiser Jo Scott, from the Millisle Youth Forum, said: “This is a great way to bring local people together.

“The Big Lunch is a fantastic initiative, helping and encouraging people to build up social links and community spirit in their areas.”

And, in Lurgan Park, even more birthday celebrations got underway with a fun day for the family from noon to 3pm followed by a concert from 7.30pm to 10.30pm and a fireworks display.

Organisers encouraged children to take part in noble activities to prepare for the arrival of Queen Elsa and Princess Anna from Frozen.

And not to be outdone, fellow children’s cartoon character Mike the Knight and Princess Sofia were on hand.

The birthday celebration concert got underway at 7.30pm with a myriad of guests including George Jones performing ’90 Years of Music’.

See the large-scale London celebrations here.