is an official government residence in Northern Ireland
. It is the residence of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
, and the official residence in Northern Ireland of HM Queen Elizabeth II
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. and other members of the British Royal Family
when they visit the region, as well as a guest house for prominent international visitors. From 1922 until 1972 it was the residence of Governor of Northern Ireland
. The post of the Governor, who was the representative in Northern Ireland of the sovereign
, was abolished in 1973.
Hillsborough Castle, which is located in the village of Hillsborough, County Down
, is not a true castle
. It is a Georgian
mansion built in the 18th century for the Hill family, Marquesses of Downshire
, who owned it until 1922 when the sixth marquis sold the mansion and its grounds to the British government. By buying it the government solved a practical problem. Under the Government of Ireland Act......