Friday, 4 March 2011

Irish State Visit

Buckingham Palace has today made a brief announcement that Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by his Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will pay a State Visit to the Irish Republic during 2011.

The visit is expected to take place within the next three months.

Her Majesty's grandfather, King George V, was the last Sovereign to visit in 1911 before Eire seceded from the United Kingdom.

For security reasons the Visit is likely to be confined to Dublin.

The Queen is expected to make a major speech in Dublin Castle on Anglo-Irish relations during the proposed three-day tour.

The Irish President, Mary McAleese, is said to be keen to welcome Her Majesty before her term ends in October, 2011. The Queen has met her several times.

HM and HRH are expected to arrive in Ireland on the 15th May and stay in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

The timing of the visit has been complicated by the wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on the 29th April.

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