Belfast 'an example to the world', British Queen claims on visit
Belfast should be an example to the world of people overcoming differences, Britain's Queen Elizabeth said during her tour of the city.
In a speech at the City Hall, Queen Elizabeth said she and the Duke of Edinburgh were seeing first-hand how people in Northern Ireland are working together for the common good.
“I know there are many challenges ahead and peacemaking is not always an easy task,” she said.
“But you have come this far by turning the impossible into the possible; and, as you face the future and difficulties that may appear insurmountable, always remember that the thoughts and prayers of millions, including my own, are with you.”
She added: “The world yearns for examples of positive transformation and of people overcoming differences.
“I hope and believe that Belfast will continue to be one such living example, and I want to thank you – all of you – from every part of this city for the hard work and dedication which you and your families have given to help reshape the city of Belfast and the lives of all the people who live here.”
She also visited the sets at the Titanic studios, where the global television hit Game Of Thrones is filmed - walking past the famous Iron Throne of the show, and disappointing millions of avid fans by not taking a seat.
She was warmly welcomed by hundreds of well-wishers outside while a tight security cordon was in place right around the city centre.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth also took in the Crumlin Road Gaol with former occupants Martin Mc Guinness and Peter Robinson.
The banquet in her honour took place after visiting Crumlin Road Gaol with Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson – both of whom spent time in the cells in the 1970s or ’80s.
She said she was certain that in another 50 years a new generation will be in City Hall – the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of this generation - to look back together and see a place which has been further transformed.