Lord Lieutenant: His Royal Highness was a visionary man, who visited Northern Ireland more than 50 times

A letter from the Lord Lieutenant of Belfast, Mrs Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle CBE:

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 6:27 am
Updated Saturday, 10th April 2021, 8:52 am
The Duke of Edinburgh in Hillsborough Castle for the award of the 1000th Duke of Edinburgh Award in Northern Ireland on June 23, 2014. In Belfast 14 organisations and 55 centres offer young people the opportunity to gain the internationally recognised award (Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography via Getty Images)

His Royal Highness was a beloved and remarkable man. His life of service and dedication was simply inspirational.

He was visionary in so many ways ,and a powerful champion for science, innovation and technology.

Since its foundation in 1956 his Duke of Edinburgh award has had over 10 million participants worldwide, and here in Belfast no less than 14 organisations and 55 centres offer young people the opportunity to gain this internationally recognised award.

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His Royal Highness was a frequent visitor to Northern Ireland, visiting on over 50 occasions since 1949.

Most of all, the Duke was a cherished husband, father, grandfather and now great-grandfather, and it is to Her Majesty and the Royal Family that I extend my deepest condolences and those of the Belfast Lieutenancy.

Mrs Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle CBE, Lord Lieutenant of Belfast

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