The Queen, joint Patron of Co-operation Ireland, attended a reception at Crosby Hall, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh. During the event, Her Majesty will unveiled a portrait of herself, painted by Colin Davidson.
On arrival at Crosby Hall, The Queen and The Duke were greeted by the Chairman of Co-operation Ireland, Dr Christopher Moran, before being presented to guests from the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The portrait, depicting The Queen, was commissioned by Co-operation Ireland and painted by Colin Davidson, a leading contemporary artist based in Belfast. Mr Davidson’s work was previously viewed by The Queen during her visit to the Lyric Theatre in Belfast in 2012. Born in Belfast, Colin Davidson has work represented in many public collections worldwide, including the Ulster Museum, the National Gallery of Ireland and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington. It is expected that the portrait of The Queen will appear on display at galleries in Ireland and the UK.
Co-operation Ireland is a peace-building charity which encourages interaction, dialogue and practical collaboration, both within Northern Ireland and between the UK and Ireland. The Queen is joint patron of Co-operation Ireland, together with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. Her Majesty previously attended a reception for Co-operation Ireland at Crosby Hall in 2005.
Her Majesty has a long-standing commitment to the bilateral relationship between the UK and Ireland. In 2011 The Queen undertook a State Visit to Ireland; the first by a British monarch since Irish independence. Three years later, in 2014, President Michael D. Higgins became the first Irish Head of State to pay a State Visit to the UK.