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The Orange Order

Friday, 12 July, 2019

On 1 July 1689, the Dutch-born Protestant King William III defeated the last Roman Catholic monarch of England, Scotland and Ireland, King James II, at the Battle of the Boyne in County Meath. The victory of William of Orange is celebrated each year by the Orange Order on the Twelfth of July, when marching bands from Orange lodges all over Northern Ireland parade through villages, towns and cities. The Orange Order was formed near Loughgall in County Armagh in 1795, when its founding members pledged their loyalty to the British royal family and swore to defend the Protestant faith.

The Orange Order

Photo: Michal Pudelka