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    On Sat Sep 8th 2018

  • About NIVA

    Welcome to the website of the Northern Ireland Veterans Association (NIVA).

      NIVA is an internet based association (registered with COBSEO) with forum users and members all over the UK and abroad. Primarily for veterans of the Op Banner campaign from 1969 to 2007, be they ex or serving members of the UK armed forces, PSNI, NI fire/ambulance or prison services, we also particularly welcome relatives of the fallen.

      To register on the site as a forum user only, please **Click Here**. NB - for security reasons all applications are vetted and once admitted, permitted access to the open parts of the website/forum only. This is absolutely free to use.

    To join as a full or associate member of NIVA once registered on the forums, please follow the link in the downloads section of the site to download a membership application form which should be returned to the address shown together with payment and proof of service etc. All monies raised go towards the upkeep of the website and the organisation of NIVA's annual service of remembrance at the NMA in Alrewas. Full/associate members also gain admittance to the private areas of the website/forum where comrades can be assured of their personal security and enjoy all the banter and support you came to expect whilst serving the Crown. Additionally full members are invited to march with NIVA for Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in London.

      If you have any queries please contact us at:

      The Northern Ireland Veterans Association
    PO Box 584
    South Yorkshire
    S63 3FW

  • Prince William to marry

    Prince William is to marry long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year, Clarence House has said.

    William, second in line to the throne, will marry in London next spring or summer and live in north Wales where he is serving with the RAF.
    The couple, who are both 28, became engaged in October during a private holiday in Kenya.
    They began dating eight years ago while studying at St Andrews University in Fife, where they shared a house.

    The royal engagement was announced in a brief statement released by Clarence House.
    It said: "The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton.
    "The wedding will take place in the Spring or Summer of 2011, in London. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.
    "Prince William has informed The Queen and other close members of his family.
    "Prince William has also sought the permission of Miss Middleton's father."

    The Queen said she was "absolutely delighted" for both Prince William and Kate Middleton.
    Prime Minister David Cameron's spokeswoman also said he was "delighted" and sent the couple his very best.

    Ed Miliband said "the whole country will be wishing them every happiness".
    Dickie Arbiter, the Queen's former press secretary, told the BBC: "She'll become a service wife.
    "He'll have to do his statutory royal duty, his royal bit, but he will be very much a working helicopter pilot with RAF search and rescue for the next three years, and Kate will have to get used to living in north Wales, although I think she's pretty much used to it at the moment."
    Meanwhile royal commentator Margaret Holder said she thought the marriage would give Prince William the warm, cosy, family life he wanted.
    "What he's finding with the Middleton family is what he didn't have as a child and I think that's very good for him.

    "I think this is going to be a very, very good and successful marriage. And I think this will take the monarchy through well into the 21st Century. I think Kate is very modern, she's very relevant."

    Prince William and Kate Middleton both started out on the same history of art course at St Andrews in 2001, although William later switched to geography. For several years, they shared accommodation with friends.

    Miss Middleton, who is six months older than William, was credited with persuading the prince to stay on as he struggled to adjust to university life during his first year.
    They graduated in the same ceremony from St Andrews in 2005 and their families joined them for a celebratory lunch.
    The couple's relationship was exposed in 2005 when they were photographed together on the Swiss ski slopes of Klosters.
    They split briefly in 2007, but more recently Miss Middleton - who has no royal or aristocratic family connections - has been to several official events, heightening speculation of an engagement.

    Miss Middleton is the eldest child of businessman Michael Middleton and former air hostess Carol.

    She was raised in a modern five-bedroom detached house in the Berkshire village of Bucklebury and her family, who are self-made millionaires, run a mail order toy and party goods company.

    The couple will marry in the year which would have marked the 30th anniversary of Prince William's parents' wedding.

    Stolen from the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11765422