Queen and Ireland – neighbours and friends

Queen greets Irish President
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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have met and welcomed Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the start of the first official state visit to the UK by an Irish head of state.  The four day visit began April 8 

Windsor Castle

Irish President Michael D Higgins has spoken of his country’s “deep and enduring” friendship with Britain.  At a banquet in his honour at Windsor Castle the Queen hailed the UK and Ireland as “neighbours and friends”.  She also said the nations should “no longer allow our past to ensnare our future”.


His trip comes after the Queen became the first British monarch to visit the Republic of Ireland three years ago and since Dublin won its independence from London in 1921.

Queen and Ireland

In 2011, the Queen received a warm welcome in Ireland when she made a historic visit to the Republic.  It was a short but very important trip. The queen was in the country from May 17 for four days. Mary Lambe who is Irish and lives in London told how friends, family and others in the Irish community were looking forward to the visit. Here’s how the conversation went:


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