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The Twelfth in pictures


Each year on 12 July, Protestant Orangemen march to commemorate Prince William of Orange's 1690 Battle of the Boyne victory over Catholic King James II.

Orange march in Belfast city centre

These marchers were heading towards their demonstration in south Belfast, one of 17 such events across Northern Ireland.

Woman with Orange teddy

A woman watches the parade go past in Belfast. This year, Orange leaders have moved to make the event more family-friendly and inclusive.


Purple and orange balloons were released into the sky over Belfast, one for every year since 1690.

Orange women

In Belfast at least, it was a drizzly morning but that didn't stop these women from enjoying their parade.

Orangeman in silhouette

And this Orangeman was determined not to let the rain spoil his fun.

Orangemen marching in Armagh

Orangemen from 170 lodges took part in the Twelfth celebrations in Armagh.

Ian Paisley

DUP leader Ian Paisley was guest of honour at the Independent Orange Order parade in Portrush.

Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey

Ulster Unionist Party leader Sir Reg Empey was pictured at the day's festivities.

Ian Eagleson as William of Orange

Ian Eagleson took on the role of William of Orange at the celebrations in Bangor, County Down.

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