22 June 2021
22 June 2021 is a landmark date in the Centenary year, as it marks 100 years since the opening of the Northern Ireland Parliament by King George V and Queen Mary. The opening of Northern Ireland’s first Parliament took place at Belfast City Hall, and saw locally elected politicians sit for the first time following a general election on 24 May 1921.
Marking this special date, Belfast City Council will host a flagship Decade of Centenaries Programme event - marking the King's Speech of 22 June 1921.
The event will see Belfast City Council unveiling the chairs used by King George V and Queen Mary in the Council Chamber 100 years ago, following a restoration project funded by the Shared History Fund. The event will also see a re-enactment of the King’s Speech, a talk by Dr. Éamon Phoenix on the context in which the speech was given, a viewing of a specially commissioned play and remarks from Belfast City's Lord Mayor.
The event will take place on Tuesday 22 June 2021 from 7:00pm – 8:15pm.
You can watch the live stream at this link.