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Date: 01 Jun 2021
Lord Mayor of Belfast City Council, Alderman Frank McCoubrey has welcomed news that the village of Hillsborough will be awarded Royal status following a recommendation from the UK Government.
He said: “A unique village in Northern Ireland with close ties to the Royal Family, Hillsborough has attracted visitors from across the UK and the world each year.
Home to Hillsborough Castle, the residence of Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal family when visiting Northern Ireland, it is fitting that it will be the first village or town in Northern Ireland to receive the exceptional title, especially coming during Northern Ireland’s centenary year.
Following a challenging year for the entire tourism industry, I am delighted that this huge honour will be bestowed upon the village. It is a truly special, remarkable place with so much to offer visitors as it is not only steeped in history but is complemented by its growing visitor offering. I am hopeful that this announcement today will continue to boost tourism numbers and inspire people to visit ‘Royal Hillsborough’ in the near future.”