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'Are you all panicking? Because I'm not' - Martin McGuinness 'stays cool' after wasp in ear during interview after Queen meeting

By Claire Williamson

How would you react if a wasp was buzzing around your ear during an interview, just after you had an audience with the Queen?

Well that's exactly what Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness faced on Monday at Hillsborough Castle.

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The Sinn Fein MLA was being filmed just after meeting the Queen as she began her two day visit with the Duke of Edinburgh to Northern Ireland when a bee began buzzing at his ear.

But he stayed calm throughout - much more so than those watching on.

He said: "I never panic when I get a wasp at my ear. As soon as you strike out they'll sting you. So just stay cool. Are you all panicking? Because I'm not."

During their visit the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited the Giant's Causeway and stopped at Bushmills for the unveiling of a statue to Robert Quigg, who won a Victoria Cross in the First World War.

They had lunch at Royal Portrush Golf Club and travelled by steam train to officially open Bellarena Railway Station.

After their meeting Martin McGuinness refused to be drawn on his discussions with the Queen.

First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness had separate 20-minute audiences with the monarch.

The Sinn Fein veteran who has met the Queen on a number of occasions since their first historic encounter in 2012, said: "We discussed many things, none of which I will tell you."

He added: "We had a very good engagement for about 20 minutes where we did talk about many things."

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