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Queen's 90th birthday: Celebrations held in Northern Ireland

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Media captionEvents have been held in Northern Ireland to celebrate the 90th birthday of the Queen, as Mark Simpson reports

Events have been held in Northern Ireland to celebrate the 90th birthday of the Queen.

At midday, there was a 21-gun salute at Hillsborough Castle in County Down.

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Image caption There was a gun salute at Hillsborough Castle, the Queen's official residence in Northern Ireland

Beacons were later lit up in areas including Belfast, Londonderry, Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, Carrickfergus in County Antrim. They were among more than 900 beacons lit in the Queen's honour around the world.

In Enniskillen, a thanksgiving service was held at St Macartin's Cathedral.

Image caption A was beacon lit up in Londonderry's Ebrington Square, one of more than 900 around the world

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster attended the service.

Beam of light from St Macartin's Cathedral and St Michael's Church crossed in the sky above the town symbolising the Queen's visit when she crossed the street to visit the two churches in 2012.

Image caption A thanksgiving service was held at St Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen

Prior to that, the Royal couple visited Northern Ireland in 2012 as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

During that visit, the Queen and Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's deputy first minister and a former IRA leader, shook hands for the first time.

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Image caption First Minister Arlene Foster was among those who attended the service in Enniskillen

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh last visited Northern Ireland in June 2014 when the Royal couple carried out a series of engagements during a three-day visit.

The Royal couple have visited Northern Ireland 21 times.

Image caption Crowds gathered in Londonderry to join birthday celebrations for the Queen

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