Jubilee celebrations at the Queen’s royal residence in Northern Ireland, Hillsborough Castle
Reopening in April, the castle will reveal a treasure trove of memories of the Queen’s visits to the village over the past 70 years.
To mark the Platinum Jubilee, the table in the State Dining Room will be set to reflect the State Dinner held during Her Majesty’s first visit to the castle in July 1953. The tableware will include the original dessert service used during the dinner, which was purchased especially for the visit, and took place only a month after the coronation.
Stuart Campbell, Head of Public Engagement at Historic Royal Palaces, said: “This is a very special year for all of us at Hillsborough Castle. Not only is the village officially celebrating its royal status, but we are in the midst of Platinum Jubilee celebrations which we look forward to sharing with our visitors.
An official gun salute will take place at the castle at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday 2 June to launch a weekend-long Jubilee Garden Party inspired by those hosted by the Governor of Northern Ireland in the 1950s.
Local businesses and designers will set up stalls on the castle lawns along with vintage cars, while traditional games can be played and music fills the air.
Elsewhere in the gardens, a field of flowers will appear, in tribute to Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. Taking inspiration from Superbloom at the Tower of London, which will see 20 million seeds sown in the fortress’ historic moat, Hillsborough’s Platinum Jubilee floral tribute promises to delight visitors and pollinators alike.
To find out more visit hrp.org.uk/hillsborough-castle