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The official entrance of Hillsborough Castle
Hillsborough Castle is an official government residence in Northern Ireland. It is the residence of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.[1] It is also used by Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British Royal Family when they visit the country, and by prominent international visitors. From 1922 until 1972 it was the residence of Governor of Northern Ireland.


  1. The Secretary of State combines two roles. He or she is the sovereign's representative, replacing the former Governor of Northern Ireland, and he or she is the Minister of the Crown with responsibility for governing Northern Ireland.