Northern Ireland

Diamond Jubilee parties across NI

Mayor lighting beacon
Image caption Mayor of Armagh Freda Donnelly is joined by Andrew McMurdie to light the beacon to launch the Jubilee party in the city.

Parties have taken place across Northern Ireland to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

These included an old-style tea party at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, a Queen lookalike parade in Lisnaskea in Fermanagh and a concert in Lisburn.

The first beacon in Northern Ireland was lit in Armagh by mayor Freda Donnelly, on Monday afternoon.

Other beacons were lit at Antrim Castle and the top of Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland's highest mountain.

The mayor was joined by guest of honour Andrew McMurdie, who is setting off to America this week for ground-breaking ME treatment, supported by a huge fundraising effort in the community.

More than 4,000 beacons have been lit in the UK and around the world.

The Queen lit the UK's last beacon - the National Beacon - at about 22: 30 BST before a firework display at Buckingham Palace.

She triggered the lighting of the final beacon by placing a huge crystal into a specially designed pod.

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland and new Belfast Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson lit Belfast's Millennium Beacon at the Lagan Weir on Donegall Quay.

There have many events in Northern Ireland during the weekend to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

A 21-gun royal salute marked the anniversary of the coronation in 1953, at Hillsborough Castle, the Royal family's official residence in County Down, on Saturday.

Image caption Jubilee parties continue across Northern Ireland

On Sunday, the Dean of Belfast paid tribute to the Queen during a service at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

Elsewhere, a concert in front of Buckingham Palace in the area surrounding the Queen Victoria

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