On the 18th & 19th May 2021 TRH the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall visited County Down & went to a number of different venues sometimes together & at other times as individuals.
The First visit on the late afternoon of the 18th May was by the Duchess alone to Cara Murphy, the Silversmith in Hillsborough, who made the winner's trophy for the Grand National this year. She spent sometime in the workshop with Mrs Murphy & then met her family & inspected a display of her work in the garden.
The next visit was by the Duke & the Duchess on the following morning to Bangor Market which is held in the Asda carpark in Bangor every Wednesday. There she was met by the Mayor of Ards & North Down Borough Council, Trevor Cummings, the CEO, Stephen Reid & the head of Regulatory Services, Stephen Addy. They then made a tour of some of the stands & met a large number of local people.
The next visit was by HRH Prince Charles, on his own, to Donaghadee Harbour where he was greeted by Amanda Brownlow DL & the mayor, Councillor Trevor Cummings. HRH then unveiled a plaque to commemorate the issue of the Royal Charter to the harbour & the original laying of the harbour's foundation stone 200 years ago.
The next event for the Duchess on her own was also in Bangor & was to the Kilcooley women's Centre. There she was met by Ms Alison Blayney, the Group leader & a number of the other volunteers & staff. HRH then unveiled a plaque to remember the occasion. Finally, she was also able to congratulate Ms Blayney when she was presented with a British empire Medal by the Lord Lieutenant.
The final event in County Down was again by HRH the Duchess on her own and was a visit to Horses for People near Comber where she was greeted by Amanda Blackmore DL & introduced to the owner Mrs June Burgess.