Orangemen in tribute to King William

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SENIOR Orangemen have laid a wreath at the tomb of King William III, Prince of Orange, in Westminster Abbey.

Lord Laird of Artigarvan, Deputy Master of the Houses of Parliament LOL, delivered an eulogy during the commemoration on Saturday.

Grand Master of Ireland Edward Stevenson attended with honourable brethren representing the House of Parliament Lodge and the City of London District.

Others who attended included former Ulster Unionist MP David Burnside, John Stockman (City of London District Master), Grand Historian (of the Grand Orange Lodge of England) Michael Phelan and other officers.

Lord Laird said during his eulogy he paid tribute to King Billy and how he tried to challenge the concept of the divine right of kings.

Mr Burnside said: “It is good to see senior Orangemen from both Ireland and Great Britain this Remembrance weekend commemorating King William at Westminster Abbey and continuing to provide visibility for the Orange Institution and what it stands for – loyalty to the Crown and the Protestant religion on the British mainland.”