The Queen ‘to visit Armagh in the coming weeks’ for church service to mark the centenary of NI – Armagh I


It looks like the Queen is coming to Armagh in the coming weeks.

According to reports in the Irish Times, Queen Elizabeth will attend a church service to mark Northern Ireland’s centenary.

It is organized by the leaders of the main Christian churches.

The newspaper reported that President Michael D Higgins declined an invitation to attend the service.

He said: “The service in the coming weeks in Armagh is being hosted by the leaders of the major Christian churches, who had anticipated that Mr. Higgins would attend as head of state.”

In response to a question from the Irish Times, Mr Higgins’ spokesperson said: “The President is unable to attend the ceremony you mention, and this has been communicated to the organizers.”

The newspaper said the Catholic Primate, Archbishop Eamon Martin, as well as the Primate of the Church of Ireland, Archbishop John McDowell, and other church leaders will participate in the service.

Archbishop Martin’s spokesperson told The Irish Times he had no comment on Mr Higgins: “The important thing is that this service continues. It is an initiative of the main Christian denominations of this island, and is based on prayer, peace and reconciliation.

Armagh I has contacted the Diocese of Armagh for comment on the event.

Queen Elizabeth last visited Armagh in 2008, when she took a leading role in Maundy Thursday worship at the city’s Church of Ireland Cathedral as part of the annual Holy Silver Service.

Before that, in 1995, she attended the presentation of the Royal Charter, renewing Armagh’s status as a city.

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