Monday, 16 May 2011

State Visit Schedule

Buckingham Palace has announced the Outline programme for the Irish State Visit by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, 17 – 20 May 2011:

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, will pay a State Visit to the Republic of Ireland at the invitation of the Irish President from Tuesday, 17th to Friday, 20th May 2011.

Tuesday 17 May

 Ceremonial welcome, meeting with the Irish President and Dr McAleese and tree planting ceremony at the former Viceregal Lodge, now known as áras an Uachtaráin; wreath laying ceremony at Garden of Remembrance; visit to Trinity College including viewing of the Book of Kells and reception in the Long Room.

Wednesday 18 May

 “Windows” tour of Dublin at the Guinness Storehouse; visit to government buildings greeted by the Irish Prime Minister; wreath-laying ceremony at the Irish War Memorial Garden, Islandbridge; visit to Croke Park stadium and meeting with Gaelic Athletic Association members; State Dinner at Dublin Castle.

Thursday 19 May

Visit to National Stud Kildare; reception with members of Gaisce – The President’s Award (The Duke of Edinburgh only); a celebration of the Irish State Visit  hosted by the British Embassy in Dublin.

Friday 20 May

Tour of St. Patrick’s Rock, Cashel; visit to English Market, Cork; visit to Tyndall Institute, Cork.


Gavin Bamford said...

W J English VC was born in Cork and retired to King's Road, Belfast where there is a 'blue plaque'. If I had known about the potential of the Queen's visit to Cork, I would have organised an Irish 'blue plaque' equivalent for English's birthplace. Perhaps she would have unveiled it?

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