Belfast Telegraph

Date set for Queen's Ireland visit

The historic state visit to Ireland by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II will see her tour sites that are powerful reminders of the Republic's troubled relationship with her nation.

Croke Park and Dublin's Garden of Remembrance will both be on Queen Elizabeth's itinerary.

The trip, from May 17 to 20, will be the first by a British sovereign to the Republic and is hugely significant. It will signify the close relationship that has developed between Ireland and Britain in recent years.

Julian King, Britain's ambassador to Ireland, said: "The state visit programme announced by Buckingham Palace and Aras an Uachtarain is a wide-ranging and exciting celebration of the close ties between our two countries.

"Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh will be able to experience at first hand the vibrant links that make our relationship with Ireland so important.

"This is a historic visit that also celebrates our close modern partnership."

President Mary McAleese invited Queen Elizabeth as her second term draws to an end this year.

Both she and the English monarch will make speeches at a state dinner in Dublin Castle.

Queen Elizabeth will also make a courtesy call on Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings during her four-day trip.

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