Trevor Douglas, Connor Diocesan Development Manager and General Manager of Belfast Cathedral, was at Buckingham Palace on Thursday October 19 for a reception hosted by the Royal Family.
The reception was organised to recognise contributors and supporters involved in the State Funeral of the last Queen Elizabeth II and the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.
Trevor was one of five people invited from Northern Ireland, with guests also representing Belfast City Council, Lisburn and Castlereagh Council, Translink and the PSNI. Officials from the Northern Ireland Office were also in attendance.
The reception was held in the Private Apartments of Buckingham Palace, and Trevor was introduced to the King and Queen as well as the Princess Royal and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh.
Trevor said: “It was very humbling and emotional and thrilling to talk to the Royals. Each took the time to find out who we were, where we had come from and what we had done.
“The King made a point of saying that he had been ‘thrilled’ with the service in St Anne’s Cathedral and that he had enjoyed the service, the welcome he had received in Northern Ireland and the support of the people here.”
This was Trevor’s second visit to Buckingham Palace this year. On May 3, he and his wife Karen were guests at the first Palace Garden Party to take place in the reign of King Charles III.