The King and Queen have attended a service at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh during a surprise visit to Northern Ireland.
They were greeted by the Dean of Armagh, the Very Rev Shane Forster, as the Cathedral Choir sang the words of ‘St Patrick’s Breastplate’.
The King and Queen met members of the Church Leaders Group, which comprises the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic Primates of All Ireland, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, and the President of the Irish Council of Churches.
The King received prayers and “words of encouragement” from the Church leaders and heard about the work that the Churches are doing.
Presbyterian Moderator, the Rt Rev Dr John Kirkpatrick, said of the visit, “This was a quiet moment…