The Duke of Edinburgh’s 97th birthday is set to be celebrated in spectacular fashion in the garrison town of Carrickfergus.
Twenty-one rounds will be fired from three guns positioned in the shadow of Carrickfergus’ iconic castle, with the free event open to be enjoyed by all ages. The special event in honour of His Royal Highness will take place at Castle Green on Monday 11 June. Firing will be at 12 noon.
The impressive guns, which have been used by the army in battle zones throughout the world, will be supplied and operated by 206 (Ulster) Battery Royal Artillery.
A Fantastic Spectacle
Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for the County of Antrim, will be among the special guests. Councillor Billy Ashe, who brought the proposal to Council, said: “This will be a fantastic spectacle in honour of His Royal Highness. We are currently finalising our plans for what promises to be a wonderful occasion, fitting of the Duke of Edinburgh’s commitment to public and civic duty.”
“We are extremely proud of our Borough’s strong links to the Royal Family and our rich military history. Many of our young people have benefitted greatly from taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and the salute will be an opportunity for Council to bring a number of those key people involved in the Award together as part of the celebration’ As a garrison town, Carrickfergus has been of huge strategic significance for centuries. It is the ideal venue for what will be a superb event.”
“We look forward to welcoming visitors from across Northern Ireland as we celebrate the birthday of a man who has dedicated his entire life to public service and been a formidable ambassador for the United Kingdom.”
In 1961 Her Majesty the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh landed in Carrickfergus for the start of a two-day visit to Northern Ireland. The public are encouraged to arrive at the Castle Green early, in order to secure a position within the designated viewing area.