A LACE fan made in 1893 by nuns in Youghal for Queen Mary was among the items shown by Queen Elizabeth II to President Michael D Higgins yesterday.
After his ceremonial arrival at Windsor Castle, President Higgins and his wife Sabina were taken by the monarch to view Irish items in the Royal Collection at the Castle’s Green Room.
The lace fan on display was made by nuns in the Presentation Convent in Youghal in 1893.
It was a wedding present to Queen Mary before she became Queen, by Lord Houghton, the then Viceroy of Ireland. The British Royal Family purchased many pieces of Youghal lace in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Another lace fan from Youghal was gifted as a wedding present to Queen Mary’s sister-in-law, Princess Maud, while another was presented to Queen Alexandra on her first visit to Ireland in 1903.
Following his visit to Windsor Castle yesterday, President Higgins and his wife travelled to Westminster to visit the abbey and the Houses of Parliament.
Tomorrow evening, the couple will attend a concert at the Royal Albert Hall showcasing Irish culture.
Among those invited to attend are the former councillor Michael and Catherine O’Connell, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress at the time of the Queen’s visit to Cork almost three years ago.