Exhibition on Queen’s 70 years of trips to Northern Ireland

Curator of the Museum of Orange Heritage Dr Jonathan Mattison with a Lambeg drum which was one of a number which serenaded Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip during a visit to Northern Ireland in 1953
Curator of the Museum of Orange Heritage Dr Jonathan Mattison with a Lambeg drum which was one of a number which serenaded Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip during a visit to Northern Ireland in 1953

A photographic exhibition marking the Queen’s 90th birthday has been unveiled at the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.

‘Happy and Glorious’ features a snapshot of images relating to Her Majesty’s numerous visits to Northern Ireland over 70 years, before and during her illustrious reign as Britain’s longest serving monarch.

Among the photos on display is then Princess Elizabeth’s first official engagement in the Province, reviewing the girl guides in Lisburn in 1945. Others depict the Queen’s regular visits to various parts of Northern Ireland during the 64 years of her sovereignty, and include celebrations for her Coronation and the Golden Jubilee.

Also prominent is an archive photograph of Lambeg drummers greeting the Queen and Prince Philip at Hillsborough Castle in 1953.

Museum curator Dr Jonathan Mattison said the outreach facility is delighted to host such an exhibition to publicly recognise the Queen’s personal milestone.

He said: “We are absolutely thrilled to mark Her Majesty’s 90th birthday in such an innovative way, and have no doubt the impressive photographic display will become a focal point and matter of discussion for museum visitors.

The exhibition, which runs until the end of June, also features a shell of a Lambeg drum which serenaded the Royal couple. The Museum of Orange Heritage, Cregagh Road, Belfast is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 5pm and until 8pm every Thursday.