13/05/2002

Queen begins Northern Ireland Jubilee tour

The Queen has flown into Northern Ireland today for the start of a three-day tour to mark her Golden Jubilee.

Accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh the Queen will attend a garden party at Loughry College in County Tyrone where around 1,200 people are expected to attend. The Queen will also host a reception at Hillsborough Castle with around 3,000 guests invited.

The Queen and her husband are to also attend a special service to mark her Golden Jubilee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. The leaders of the four main churches will be among the congregation.

In response to the high profile nature of her visit the police have mounted a major security operation in preparation for her arrival.

Every available police officer is expected to be on duty whilst the Queen carries out the engagements.

Security will be tight at all venues and rigorous checks will be carried out.

(AMcE)

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