The Queen’s function in reconciliation in Northern Ireland has been remembered throughout a service of thanksgiving in Belfast.
The service at St Anne’s Cathedral was attended by King Charles III, the Queen Consort, Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Irish President Michael D Higgins, British Prime Minister Liz Truss, Sinn Fein vice chairman Michelle O’Neill and DUP chief Sir Jeffrey Donaldson.
Leaders from the Catholic, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches additionally took half within the service, taking it in turns to supply prayers.
The head of the Church of Ireland, Archbishop John McDowell, praised the Queen for her “faithfulness, care, dutifulness, love and devotion”.
“All of those could possibly be employed to explain her relationship with Northern Ireland, with persistence binding all of them collectively, however paying consideration particularly to what she stated most just lately, the phrase which I feel might be most related to Queen Elizabeth and Ireland, north and south, is reconciliation,” he stated.
He added that the Queen “adopted the place Jesus led as girls usually have within the elusive and unfinished work of reconciliation right here in Ireland”, and that she had “walked the exhausting highway of reconciliation on this province and on this island”.
“God Save the King” was sung contained in the cathedral earlier than King Charles and Camilla went to greet the crowds ready exterior.
Addressing members of the Northern Ireland Assembly earlier within the day, King Charles stated that the Queen “by no means ceased to hope for the most effective of instances” for the folks of Northern Ireland.
“My mom felt deeply the importance of the function she has performed in bringing collectively those that historical past had separated, and lengthening a hand to make potential the therapeutic of long-held hurts,” he stated.
The King pledged the identical dedication to Northern Ireland as proven by his mom.
“At the very starting of her lifetime of service, she made a pledge to dedicate herself to her nation and her folks and to keep up the ideas of constitutional authorities.
“This promise she stored with steadfast religion.
“Now with that shining instance for me, and with God’s assist, I take up my new duties resolved to hunt the welfare of all of the inhabitants of Northern Ireland,” he stated.
There have been cheers from the ready crowds because the King and Queen Consort exited the cathedral.
They have been returning to London on Tuesday night because the Queen’s coffin made its personal journey from Edinburgh to London.