King Charles III and Queen Camilla are visiting Northern Ireland for the first time since their Coronation.
Their majesties are currently on a two-day visit to Northern Ireland, this being King Charles’ 41st visit to the country.
On day 1 of the visit, the King and Queen spent a day in the city of Belfast where they made a trip to the new Coronation Garden.
Created by the ‘Botanical Borough’ of Antrim and Newtownabbey as a new community space, the garden is framed by a flowering meadow of 932 square metres, which includes both annuals and perennials and is a 100% Island of Ireland provenance wildflower seed mix.
At Hillsborough Castle, their Majesties met the winners of a School Bench Competition. In January 2023, Historic Royal Palaces invited schools across the UK to take part by designing a bench that explored their hopes for the future.
Blythefield Primary School’s winning design incorporated a variety of flowers to reflect the diversity of their school: Costus Spectabili to represent Nigeria, Hibiscus to represent Malaysia, and Water Lily to represent Bangladesh.
Afterward, their Majesties welcomed guests at the Garden Party held on the grounds of Hillsborough Castle.