The village of Hillsborough in County Down will become ‘Royal Hillsborough’ later in 2021. Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP made the announcement today, 1 June.
Home to the castle that is the residence of Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal family when visiting Northern Ireland, Hillsborough is the first village or town in Northern Ireland to receive the title.
Taking place during Northern Ireland’s Centenary year, the decision follows a recommendation from the UK Government in support of an application from Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.
A unique village in Northern Ireland with close ties to the Royal Family, Hillsborough attracts many visitors from across the UK and the world each year. Hillsborough is known for its fine Georgian architecture, parkland and lakeside walks. Hillsborough occupies a unique place in the history and affairs of Northern Ireland.