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Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, have met cast and production members from Game of Thrones during a tour of the Paint Hall Studios in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Game of Thrones series is partly filmed in the city’s Titanic Quarter, and is a focal point for Northern Ireland’s burgeoning film industry.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were presented with a miniature version of the infamous Iron Throne, which appears in Game of Thrones

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were presented with a miniature version of the infamous Iron Throne, which appears in Game of Thrones

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh began their second day of engagements at Crumlin Road Gaol in north Belfast.

They are on a three-day visit to Northern Ireland.

As well as meeting cast and production staff, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were also given a short overview of the series and the impact it has had on Northern Ireland, not only in terms of employment, but also in the creative arts field.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip also viewed some of the props that have featured in Game Thrones.

Before leaving, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were presented with a miniature version of the infamous Iron Throne, which appears in the series.

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A. Celebrations

What is Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee?
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee marks 60 years since her accession in 1952. Royal Jubilees celebrate significant periods in monarchs’ reigns and national life. In 2012, The Queen will become only the second UK monarch to mark 60 years on the throne. Celebrations were previously held for Her Majesty’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 and Golden Jubilee in 2002.



When exactly is The Queen marking her Diamond Jubilee?

While Accession Day is on 6 February, celebrations will occur throughout 2012, with a special extended bank holiday central weekend in the United Kingdom on 2-5 June.

What events will take place over this bank holiday central weekend?
On Saturday 2 June, The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby. On Sunday 3 June the Big Jubilee Lunch and the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will take place. On Monday 4 June a concert will be held at Buckingham Palace and a network of beacons will be lit throughout the UK and the Commonwealth. On Tuesday 5 June a Service of Thanksgiving will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral, which will be followed by a formal carriage Procession.

Will there be events at other times during the year?
There will be many other events held locally and on a national scale. For example, in May 2012 a Diamond Jubilee Pageant will be held, as part of the Windsor Horse Show, involving equine displays and other acts from around the world.

For more information and news on Jubilee events and activities, please visit www.direct.gov.uk/diamondjubilee or see national and local media as further details are announced.

I would like to organise an event in my local area. Whom do I contact?
People should make contact with the appropriate organisations or representatives – for example, one of the organisations involved with the central weekend, Lord Lieutenancies and local authorities.

Will Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee be marked in other Realm countries?
Her Majesty is Queen in 15 Commonwealth Realms in addition to the United Kingdom. The British Monarchy and UK Government websites will carry details only for those events and celebrations taking place in the United Kingdom. More details will be available elsewhere about activities taking place in Her Majesty’s other Realms.


B. Central Jubilee Weekend Events

Big Jubilee Lunch
I would like to organise a street party or Big Jubilee Lunch. Who should I contact for more information?
The Big Jubilee Lunch is being organised by the Big Lunch, which is part of the Eden Project. It will be held on Sunday 3 June 2012. For more information please see www.thebiglunch.com or contact [email protected]

Thames Pageant
From where can I watch the Pageant?
Details about where spectators can view the Pageant will be announced by the organisers in due course. Please see http://www.thamesdiamondjubileepageant.org/ for more details.

Can I register a vessel to take part?
Boat registrations closed on 31 October 2011. Please see http://www.thamesdiamondjubileepageant.org/ for more details.

Can I get tickets to be on a boat sailing in the flotilla?
Further details about the Pageant will be announced on the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant website in due course.

Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace
When is the concert?
The Queen is hosting a concert organised by the BBC at Buckingham Palace on Monday 4 June.

Can I apply for tickets?
Details of how to apply for an invitation to the Concert will be announced in early 2012. Successful applicants, chosen by ballot, will be notified in writing.

Can I perform during the concert?
The content of the concert will be decided by the BBC.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons
Can I light a Beacon?
Details of how to take part in Beacon lighting ceremonies are available on www.diamondjubileebeacons.co.uk

When will the Beacons be lit?
The Queen will light the National Beacon on Monday 4 June. Further details about the lighting of Beacons will be announced by Diamond Jubilee Beacons Ltd.

Ceremonial Procession
Will there be a ceremonial procession to or from the Service of Thanksgiving, and if so, from where can I watch it?
There will be a formal carriage procession but details of the routes to and from the Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral will be announced closer to the time and published on the Monarchy website.

C. Commemorative Articles

Can I produce Diamond Jubilee Souvenirs?
The Lord Chamberlain’s Office at Buckingham Palace produces definitive guidelines on the use of the Royal Arms, Royal Devices, Emblems and Titles and of photographs, portraits, engravings, effigies and busts of The Queen and Members of the Royal Family.

Special guidelines for the use of protected Royal Devices on souvenirs have been produced for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and can be found here – http://www.royal.gov.uk/pdf/DJ%20Emblem%20Guidelines/Souvenir%20Guidelines%20DJ%202012.pdf

Where can I find the Official Diamond Jubilee Emblem?
The Official Diamond Jubilee Emblem is based on an illustration by 10 year-old Katherine Dewar who won a BBC Blue Peter competition. It is available to download, free of charge from the Monarchy website and comes in a number of electronic formats; in English and in Welsh; and in colour, black and white and whiteout.

Where can I use the Emblem?
The emblem is available for use for activities associated with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations including community and national events, publications, retail and merchandising.

Unofficial Publications
As you would expect, the Royal Household takes seriously any reports of individuals or organisations using the Jubilee to raise money in an inappropriate or unauthorised manner. If you are invited to donate money to “official publications”, please write to The Queen’s Assistant Private Secretary, at Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA.

D. Use of The Queen’s title, name and emblems

Can I name something after The Queen or the Diamond Jubilee?
As is customary in Jubilee years, the Deputy Prime Minister and the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales have been given discretion to sanction the use of The Queen’s title and name. A blanket approval is in place for the use of “Diamond Jubilee” and “Jubilee” for community events and buildings (subject to the proviso that building works start or finish in 2012, and events take place in 2012). Permission need not be sought for the use of the titles “Diamond Jubilee” and “Jubilee” in these circumstances.

Applications to use “The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee”, “Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee” and “Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee” must be submitted in writing. Applications in respect of England, Northern Ireland or any of the Crown Dependencies – Parliament and Constitution Division of the Cabinet Office; applications in respect of Scotland or Wales where responsibility for the subject of the application remains with the UK Government – to the Scotland Office and Wales Office respectively.

Can I use an image of the Crown or The Queen’s Cypher (EIIR) for my Jubilee event/project?
Applications to use an image of the Crown, The Queen’s Cypher (EIIR) or Her Majesty’s Coat of Arms must be submitted to the Constitutional and Policy team in the Parliament and Constitution Division of the Cabinet Office.

E. Invitations to Visit

Will The Queen or other Members of the Royal Family be visiting my local area in 2012?
The Queen’s Programme and details of where other Members of the Royal Family will visit will be announced in 2012. Please continue to check the Monarchy website for updates.

I would like to invite The Queen to my Diamond Jubilee event. How do I do this?
The Queen will be extraordinarily busy during her Diamond Jubilee and it will not be possible for her to accept all of the many invitations she will receive. However, if you wish to invite Her Majesty to an event please write to The Queen’s Diary Secretary at Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA.

F. Other

I would like to compose a piece of music for The Queen for her Diamond Jubilee. Can I perform or dedicate it to Her Majesty?
We have been overwhelmed by generous offers to compose or perform pieces of music in celebration of Her Majesty’s Jubilee next year and while there would of course be no objection to musical events of this nature taking place, it will not be possible to associate The Queen directly with these events.

How do I find out more information about Diamond Jubilee projects and events between now and next year?
For those events listed above and taking place over the Jubilee central weekend, please see their individual websites for more details as they are announced. Alternatively, the Government DirectGov website will be updated with further news and announcements as they occur.

Izmir murders updates. Shannon Graham at mother’s funeral.


Izmir murders latest updates.


Turkey murders latest news. Recep Cetin charged with stabbing to death his girlfriend’s mother.


Two women from Northern Ireland murdered near Izmir, Turkey.


[googlead tip=”patrat_mare”]Recep Cetin, the 17 year-old Turkish waiter who killed two women from Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland appears in court.


The two women were found stabbed to death by Recep Cetin in a forest, near the city of Izmir, Turkey.

Marion Graham and Kathy Dinsmore, both 54, were persuaded to take a taxi with the 17-year-old boy on the pretext that he wanted them to meet his father.


Recep Cetin asked the taxi driver to drive off the main road and went into a forest where he reportedly slashed their throats and stabbed them repeatedly.


Shannon and Recep Cetin, who killed the two women near Izmir.

Shannon and Recep Cetin, who killed the two women near Izmir.

[googlead tip=”vertical_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”] Marion Graham’s daughter Shannon, 15, who is believed to be Recep Cetin’s girlfirend raised the alarm when the women failed to return.

Initially, during police investigation, the Turkish teenager denied any involvement with their disappearance and he was claiming he had suffered a cut hand trying to fight off kidnappers who had bundled the women in a van.

However, the police investigators found bloodstained clothing dumped in a bin near his home and confronted the teenager who eventually admitted he killed the two women.

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Recep Cetin, who uses the name Alex, admitted he took the women in his father’s car to the forest near Buca, on the outskirts of Izmir, and stabbed them.


He appeared in court on Friday evening in a preliminary hearing.

Shannon’s father, Raymond McGuinness, was due to fly to Turkey on Saturday to bring his daughter home with the bodies of her mother and friend.

Raymond McGuinness said:


“He told Shannon that he had tried to stop the kidnappers and he had a cut on his hand and that’s how he suffered it.”


The two murdered women are from Newry in County Down, Northern Ireland, but were travelling on Irish passports, which is not uncommon.

Marion Graham had rented a house in the famous resort of Kusadasi, 60 miles to the south of Izmir and on the Aegean seaside, and she used to spend long time in there every summer.

Her sister, Monica Higgins, said:


“It’s absolutely devastating. We’ve just found out. My mother’s in the car crying her eyes out.

“We’re trying to work with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs to find out what exactly happened to her.”


Mrs. Graham’s daughter, Shannon was not with the women when they were attacked being on a boat trip out of Kusadasi for the day.

Shannon has been in a relationship with the Turkish waiter, who had been staying with the group, for 3 years.

[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”]According to some local sources, Recep Cetin had been embarrassed by the attitudes of the British women, who enjoyed late nights and the company of local men. The sources also claimed Marion Graham had married a Kurdish man some time ago, but only four people were living at the house. It was also suggested that Shannon had begun to mix with a bad crowd during this year’s summer trip.

Kathy Dinsmore had been an employee of Newry and Mourne District Council. She also worked in a local cab firm up until last Christmas.

The two women had been regular visitors to Kusadasi for years, staying in an apartment owned by Raymond McGuinness.

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Police is investigating now claims that the Shannon’s mother had refused to allow the young couple to marry, according to Turkish news agency Anatolia.

Waiter’s father and the taxi driver have been also arrested.

An Irish Embassy official was dispatched to support Shannon until her father arrival. She was comforted on Friday by a Kusadasi-based Irish hotelier at the police station in Izmir.

Recep Cetin family’s members have made uncorroborated claims that he has been beaten, subjected to electric shocks and had his fingernails removed by the police.

The Turkish police didn’t make any comment on the incident until now.

Izmir murders updates. Shannon Graham at mother’s funeral.


Izmir murders latest updates.


Turkey murders latest news. Recep Cetin charged with stabbing to death his girlfriend’s mother.


Izmir murders. Turkish waiter, Recep Cetin appears in court.


[googlead tip=”patrat_mare”]Two women believed to be from Northern Ireland have been stabbed to death by a teenager in a forest near Izmir, Turkey, according to local media.


The middle-age women, believed to be from County Down, Northern Ireland, were murdered late last night in a forest, near the city of Izmir, about 75 miles from the Kusadasi resort.

A 17-year-old Turkish youth, who seemed to be the boyfriend of a daughter of one of the women, has been arrested.

Two women believed to be from Northern Ireland have been stabbed to death by a teenager in a forest near Izmir, Turkey

Two women believed to be from Northern Ireland have been stabbed to death by a teenager in a forest near Izmir, Turkey


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The young man is believed to have murdered the two women after one of them refused permission for him to marry her daughter.


According to Turkey’s state-run news agency Anatolia, the teenager, Recep C, took them in a taxi to a quiet woodland area of the regional capital Izmir, where he killed them both.

The alarm have been raised by the 15 year-old daughter after the women failed to return home, prompting police to search the estate they were staying where the discovered bloodstained clothing in a bin.

As of early this afternoon the duaghter was had still not been told that her mother was dead, according to Daily Telegraph.

The suspect denied the attack when first confronted but confessed while being interrogated by police. His father and the taxi driver have also been detained, Anatolia reported.

One of the victims, understood to be from County down, Northern Ireland, is said to own property in Kusdasi and spent long time at the Aegean coast resort, which is visited by thousands by British and Irish tourists every year.


Both women were travelling on Irish passports and are understood not to be British citizens.


An Irish diplomat has been dispatched from Ankara, to look after the one of the women’s daughter, who was not with the women at the time of attack.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin confirmed consular staff is trying to track down family members.[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”dreapta”]

“We are providing consular assistance through the embassy in Ankara,” the spokesman said.

South Down Member of Parliament Margaret Ritchie said she was shocked by the deaths and offered her sympathy to the bereaved families.

“My thoughts are with those involved in this terrible incident.

“And also with their families, who never got the chance to say goodbye to their loved ones.”

“I think all the people of South Down will be saddened by this news.”