Duke guest at NI servicemen event

Good on you Sir,

The Duke of York was the guest at a special party for children of Northern Ireland servicemen away on duty in some of the world's trouble spots.

About 75 children and their families attended the event at Hillsborough Castle on Sunday, while their fathers are in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo.

Prince Andrew is colonel in chief of the Royal Irish Regiment and the visit was his 50th to Northern Ireland.

The party was hosted by Secretary of State Shaun Woodward.

"We own a great debt of gratitude to all our soldiers especially those currently serving away from home. Their courage and dedication to duty is outstanding," Mr Woodward said.

"This very special occasion allows me to show my support for them, their children and family members who wait for their safe return."

He said the duke's presence had helped make it an even more special occasion.

"His presence has added greatly to the occasion and proved a special treat for everyone."


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