Northern Ireland schoolchildren submit over 2000 designs for NIO Jubilee rug competition

Northern Ireland schoolchildren submit over 2000 designs for NIO Jubilee rug competition

Primary school children from across Northern Ireland have submitted over 2000 colourful and creative designs for  a unique competition to design a special gift for Her Majesty the Queen as part of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The Northern Ireland Office competition, which was open to every primary school in Northern Ireland, saw over 40 schools send in hundreds of designs depicting ‘snapshots of Northern Ireland’ imagined as a postcard to Her Majesty the queen. The lucky winner will see their design manufactured by Ulster Carpets into a wonderful rug.

The rug will be unveiled at a special ceremony later this year, with the winning child and their class invited to the event. The specially designed jubilee rug will be delivered to Her Majesty the Queen following the ceremony.

Minister of State for Northern Ireland Conor Burns said:

"I am absolutely thrilled by the overwhelming number of entries we have received for the Northern Ireland Office’s Platinum Jubilee rug competition.

"It was our intention that this competition would be an inclusive way to involve the children of Northern Ireland in marking the incredible and historical 70 years of service of the Queen.

"We have had entries of amazing quality from schools from every county across Northern Ireland."

"I’m really excited as we move this competition to the next stage and work with the internationally recognised local manufacturer Ulster Carpets to bring the winning design into production to present to the Royal Household as a gift from the children of Northern Ireland to mark this historic milestone."

Group Managing Director of Ulster Carpets Nick Coburn said:

“We are delighted to have been able to support this amazing initiative to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

“I am truly impressed with the brilliant, innovative ways in which our young people have presented a snapshot of Northern Ireland. We are looking forward to turning the winning design into a special gift for Her Majesty.”

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