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Queen for two-day Northern Ireland visit this month

By Michael McHugh

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are to visit Northern Ireland later this month.

They will attend a series of public engagements between June 23 and 25, a statement from Buckingham Palace said.

Details of their itinerary have yet to be announced.

The Queen and Prince Philip last visited Northern Ireland in June 2012 as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour when she shook hands with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in a potent symbol of the peace process.

First Minister Peter Robinson, said: "The last visit during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations demonstrated beyond doubt the level of affection in which Her Majesty is held by people right across Northern Ireland."

The Queen has made a series of recent gestures aimed at cementing Anglo-Irish relations.

She visited the Republic in a 2011 trip aimed at setting aside old enmities, laying a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin, and hosted Michael D Higgins earlier this year as the first Irish President to make a State visit to Britain.

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