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Monday, 13 May, 2002, 21:25 GMT 22:25 UK
Queen arrives in NI for Jubilee visit
The Queen and Norhtern Ireland Secretary John Reid
The Queen was welcomed by NI Secretary John Reid
The Queen has arrived in Northern Ireland on Monday at the start of a three-day Golden Jubilee visit.

On arrival at RAF Aldergrove on Monday evening, Her Majesty and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, were met by Northern Ireland Secretary John Reid, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Acting Chief Constable, Colin Cramphorn.

The Royal couple then travelled to Hillsborough Castle where they were welcomed by William J Hall, Lord-Lieutenant of County Down who introduced Mr Nick Lindsay, Sheriff for County Down and the Northern Ireland First Minister David Trimble and Deputy First Minister Mark Durkan.

The visit is Her Majesty's 15th to the province.

The Queen visited Londonderry
The Queen visited Londonderry last year

During her visit, the Queen will attend a garden party at Hillsborough Castle in County Down, and one at Loughry College in County Tyrone.

A special service to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee will also be held at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

The Queen is expected to participate in a number of other engagements across the province during her stay.

She last visited the province in November 2001 when she toured a number of towns during a one-day visit.

Her itinerary included Londonderry, Lisburn and Banbridge.

There was speculation following the visit that the Queen may be preparing to visit Dublin for the first time to signal the start of a new era in Anglo-Irish relations.

It is believed any planned visit would probably be after the Golden Jubilee year.

It would be the first visit to the Republic of Ireland by a reigning British monarch since the country achieved independence nearly 80 years ago.

Meanwhile, the ornate gold carriage in which the Queen travelled to her coronation was moved overnight from Buckingham Palace.

The last time it was wheeled out was for the Silver Jubilee 25 years ago and has been polished up at Windsor Castle.

Built in 1762, the carriage is to be used for the 'All the Queen's Horses' pageant which takes place at the castle this week.

It will be screened on the BBC television on Saturday 2 June.

BBC NI's Shane Glynn reports from Hillsborough:
"It will be a hectic schedule during the Queen's three-day visit"
See also:

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