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The  Queen  attends the National Convention Centre Dublin on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

The Queen attends the National Convention Centre Dublin on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Riverdance performers dance in the Convention Centre Dublin on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

Riverdance performers dance in the Convention Centre Dublin on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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The  Queen meets singer Mary Byrne

The Queen meets singer Mary Byrne

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Eddie Jordan leaves the Convention Centre Dublin after an evening of British and Irish music and fashion attended by the Queen

Eddie Jordan leaves the Convention Centre Dublin after an evening of British and Irish music and fashion attended by the Queen

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Westlife perform in the Convention Centre Dublin on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

Westlife perform in the Convention Centre Dublin on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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The  Queen enjoying a fashion show as she attends the National Convention Centre Dublin on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

The Queen enjoying a fashion show as she attends the National Convention Centre Dublin on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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KILDARE, IRELAND - MAY 19:  Queen Elizabeth II tours the Irish National Stud, during the third day of the state visit to Ireland, on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland. The Duke and Queen's visit to Ireland is the first by a monarch since 1911. An unprecedented security operation is taking place with much of the centre of Dublin turning into a car free zone. Republican dissident groups have made it clear they are intent on disrupting proceedings.  (Photo by John Stillwell - Pool/Getty Images)

KILDARE, IRELAND - MAY 19: Queen Elizabeth II tours the Irish National Stud, during the third day of the state visit to Ireland, on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland. The Duke and Queen's visit to Ireland is the first by a monarch since 1911. An unprecedented security operation is taking place with much of the centre of Dublin turning into a car free zone. Republican dissident groups have made it clear they are intent on disrupting proceedings. (Photo by John Stillwell - Pool/Getty Images)

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The  Queen at the Irish National Stud

The Queen at the Irish National Stud

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visits the Irish National Stud in County Kildare on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visits the Irish National Stud in County Kildare on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland

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The Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Convention Centre Dublin for an evening of British and Irish music and fashion

The Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Convention Centre Dublin for an evening of British and Irish music and fashion

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The Queen visits the Irish National Stud on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland.

The Queen visits the Irish National Stud on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland.

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The Queen visits the Irish National Stud on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland.

The Queen visits the Irish National Stud on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland.

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KILDARE, IRELAND - MAY 19:  Queen Elizabeth II and Chryss O'Reilly, Chair of the Board of The Irish National Stud, view some of the Studs' resident Stallions at the Irish National Stud, during the third day of the state visit to Ireland, on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland. The Duke and Queen's visit to Ireland is the first by a monarch since 1911. An unprecedented security operation is taking place with much of the centre of Dublin turning into a car free zone. Republican dissident groups have made it clear they are intent on disrupting proceedings.  (Photo by  Irish Government - Pool/Getty Images)

KILDARE, IRELAND - MAY 19: Queen Elizabeth II and Chryss O'Reilly, Chair of the Board of The Irish National Stud, view some of the Studs' resident Stallions at the Irish National Stud, during the third day of the state visit to Ireland, on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland. The Duke and Queen's visit to Ireland is the first by a monarch since 1911. An unprecedented security operation is taking place with much of the centre of Dublin turning into a car free zone. Republican dissident groups have made it clear they are intent on disrupting proceedings. (Photo by Irish Government - Pool/Getty Images)

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A Garda keeps watch as the Queen visits the Irish National Stud on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland.

A Garda keeps watch as the Queen visits the Irish National Stud on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland.

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Prince Philip  the Gaisce pin worn by Gavin Radford,a Bronze and Silver Award holder from St Declan's College, Cabra

Prince Philip the Gaisce pin worn by Gavin Radford,a Bronze and Silver Award holder from St Declan's College, Cabra

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Models prepare before a fashion show featuring outfits by British and Irish designers at the Convention Centre Dublin watched by the Queen

Models prepare before a fashion show featuring outfits by British and Irish designers at the Convention Centre Dublin watched by the Queen

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Workmen vacuum the red carpet in the Convention Centre Dublin for an evening of British and Irish music and fashion

Workmen vacuum the red carpet in the Convention Centre Dublin for an evening of British and Irish music and fashion

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Models prepare before a fashion show featuring outfits by British and Irish designers at the Convention Centre Dublin watched by the Queen

Models prepare before a fashion show featuring outfits by British and Irish designers at the Convention Centre Dublin watched by the Queen

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The Queen and President Mary McAleese listen to live classical music as they arrive at the Convention Centre Dublin for an evening of British and Irish music and fashion on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

The Queen and President Mary McAleese listen to live classical music as they arrive at the Convention Centre Dublin for an evening of British and Irish music and fashion on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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The Queen on stage at the National Convention Centre Dublin on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

The Queen on stage at the National Convention Centre Dublin on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Prince Philip speaks beside Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (L) and Dr Lawrence Crowley, Chairman of Gaisce during a reception for members of Gaisce, the President's Award at Farmleigh House on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland

Prince Philip speaks beside Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (L) and Dr Lawrence Crowley, Chairman of Gaisce during a reception for members of Gaisce, the President's Award at Farmleigh House on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland

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The Queen watches a fashion show at the National Convention Centre on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

The Queen watches a fashion show at the National Convention Centre on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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The Queen watches a fashion show at the National Convention Centre on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

The Queen watches a fashion show at the National Convention Centre on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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The Queen watches a fashion show at the National Convention Centre on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

The Queen watches a fashion show at the National Convention Centre on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Peter and Iris Robinson wait to greet the Queen and Irish President Mary McAleese at a State dinner in  Dublin Castle

Peter and Iris Robinson wait to greet the Queen and Irish President Mary McAleese at a State dinner in Dublin Castle

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Iris Robinson with Bertie Ahern (left) and husband Peter Robinson (right)at the State Dinner in honour of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, at Dublin Castle.

Iris Robinson with Bertie Ahern (left) and husband Peter Robinson (right)at the State Dinner in honour of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, at Dublin Castle.

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Queen arrives to visit the Irish National Stud in County Kildare on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland.

Queen arrives to visit the Irish National Stud in County Kildare on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland.

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The Queen  is escorted by Chryss O'Reilly (2nd L), the Chair of the Board of the Irish National Stud, during a visit to the Irish National Stud in County Kildare on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland.

The Queen is escorted by Chryss O'Reilly (2nd L), the Chair of the Board of the Irish National Stud, during a visit to the Irish National Stud in County Kildare on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland.

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The Queen visits the Irish National Stud in County Kildare on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland.

The Queen visits the Irish National Stud in County Kildare on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland.

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Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets the Queen during her Irish visit in 2011

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets the Queen during her Irish visit in 2011

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Queen Elizabeth II visits the Irish National Stud on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland.

Queen Elizabeth II visits the Irish National Stud on May 19, 2011 in Kildare, Ireland.

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The Queen greets Iris Robinson, the wife of Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson with Irish President Mary McAleese  at the State Banquet in Dublin Castle on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

The Queen greets Iris Robinson, the wife of Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson with Irish President Mary McAleese at the State Banquet in Dublin Castle on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Queen Elizabeth II  toasts with Irish President Mary McAleese and British Prime Minister David Cameron after giving a speech at Dublin Castle on the second day of her State Visit,  on May 18, 2011 in Dublin

Queen Elizabeth II toasts with Irish President Mary McAleese and British Prime Minister David Cameron after giving a speech at Dublin Castle on the second day of her State Visit, on May 18, 2011 in Dublin

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The Queen   and  President Mary McAleese arrive for a State Dinner at Dublin Castle, on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

The Queen and President Mary McAleese arrive for a State Dinner at Dublin Castle, on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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The Queen   and  President Mary McAleese arrive for a State Dinner at Dublin Castle, on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

The Queen and President Mary McAleese arrive for a State Dinner at Dublin Castle, on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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The Queen makes a speech as she attends the State Dinner on the second day of her State Visit, at Dublin Castle, on May 18, 2011

The Queen makes a speech as she attends the State Dinner on the second day of her State Visit, at Dublin Castle, on May 18, 2011

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The British Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Dublin Castle for a State dinner

The British Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Dublin Castle for a State dinner

Irish Taoiseach  Enda Kenny talks with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron at Government buildings where the two held talks prior to attending the state dinner in honour of Queen Elizabeth II

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny talks with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron at Government buildings where the two held talks prior to attending the state dinner in honour of Queen Elizabeth II

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The 8th Royal Hussars lead the procession for King George V and Queen Mary down Grafton Street,Dublin during the Royal Visit in 1911

The 8th Royal Hussars lead the procession for King George V and Queen Mary down Grafton Street,Dublin during the Royal Visit in 1911

Protestors march as the Garda form a protective ring around Dublin Castle as the Queen attends a state dinner on May 18, 2011 in Dublin

Protestors march as the Garda form a protective ring around Dublin Castle as the Queen attends a state dinner on May 18, 2011 in Dublin

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WINSTON CHURCHILL MEETS QUEEN ELIZABETH II

WINSTON CHURCHILL MEETS QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to attend a State Banquet in Dublin Castle on May 18, 2011 in Dublin

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to attend a State Banquet in Dublin Castle on May 18, 2011 in Dublin

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A protester near Dublin Castle ahead of the state dinner in honour of Queen Elizabeth II on the second day of her State Visit to Ireland

A protester near Dublin Castle ahead of the state dinner in honour of Queen Elizabeth II on the second day of her State Visit to Ireland

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Protestors outside Dublin Castle ahead of the state dinner in honour of Queen Elizabeth II on the second day of her State Visit to Ireland

Protestors outside Dublin Castle ahead of the state dinner in honour of Queen Elizabeth II on the second day of her State Visit to Ireland

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Irish Taoiseach  Enda Kenny pictured with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron at Government buildings where the two held talks prior to attending the state dinner in honour of Queen Elizabeth II

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny pictured with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron at Government buildings where the two held talks prior to attending the state dinner in honour of Queen Elizabeth II

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George V with Queen Mary visiting Ireland in 1911, the last reigning monarchs to visit.Queen Victoria visiting Dublin in 1900

George V with Queen Mary visiting Ireland in 1911, the last reigning monarchs to visit.Queen Victoria visiting Dublin in 1900

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh pictured with Irish President Mary McAleese and her husband Dr Martin McAleese  at Dublin Castle

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh pictured with Irish President Mary McAleese and her husband Dr Martin McAleese at Dublin Castle

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George V with Queen Mary visiting Ireland in 1911, the last reigning monarchs to visit.Queen Victoria visiting Dublin in 1900

George V with Queen Mary visiting Ireland in 1911, the last reigning monarchs to visit.Queen Victoria visiting Dublin in 1900

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to attend a State Banquet in Dublin Castle on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to attend a State Banquet in Dublin Castle on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland

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President of the Irish Republic Mary McAleese, Queen Elizabeth II and GAA President Christy Cooney at Croke Park, Dublin, during the second day of her State Visit to Ireland.

President of the Irish Republic Mary McAleese, Queen Elizabeth II and GAA President Christy Cooney at Croke Park, Dublin, during the second day of her State Visit to Ireland.

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Queen Elizabeth II at the Irish War memorial Garden in Dublin.

Queen Elizabeth II at the Irish War memorial Garden in Dublin.

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King George V, arriving at Belfast City Hall accompanied by Queen Mary to the opening of the first Ulster Parliament. 22/6/1921.

King George V, arriving at Belfast City Hall accompanied by Queen Mary to the opening of the first Ulster Parliament. 22/6/1921.

Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by President Mary McAleese visit the Garden of Remembrance on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by President Mary McAleese visit the Garden of Remembrance on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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NI visit 1949.  The young Princess Elizabeth visits Northern Ireland.

NI visit 1949. The young Princess Elizabeth visits Northern Ireland.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 17: Queen Elizabeth II and President Mary McAleese lay a wreaths at the Garden of Remembrance on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. The Duke and Queen's visit is the first by a monarch since 1911. An unprecedented security operation is taking place with much of the centre of Dublin turning into a car free zone. Republican dissident groups have made it clear they are intent on disrupting proceedings.  (Photo by Irish Government - Pool/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 17: Queen Elizabeth II and President Mary McAleese lay a wreaths at the Garden of Remembrance on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. The Duke and Queen's visit is the first by a monarch since 1911. An unprecedented security operation is taking place with much of the centre of Dublin turning into a car free zone. Republican dissident groups have made it clear they are intent on disrupting proceedings. (Photo by Irish Government - Pool/Getty Images)

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Queen Elizabeth's state visit to the Republic of Ireland. May 2011

Queen Elizabeth's state visit to the Republic of Ireland. May 2011

Picture dated 1935 showing Princess Elizabeth sitting in the studio of Hungarian sculptor Sigismund de Strobl (background).

Picture dated 1935 showing Princess Elizabeth sitting in the studio of Hungarian sculptor Sigismund de Strobl (background).

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh offered a pint of Guinness  at the Guinness Storehouse

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh offered a pint of Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse

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Queen Elizabeth's state visit to the Republic of Ireland. May 2011

Queen Elizabeth's state visit to the Republic of Ireland. May 2011

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 17:  Queen Elizabeth II arrives to lay a wreath at Dublin Memorial Garden on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. The Duke and Queen's visit is the first by a monarch since 1911. An unprecedented security operation is taking place with much of the centre of Dublin turning into a car free zone. Republican dissident groups have made it clear they are intent on disrupting proceedings.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 17: Queen Elizabeth II arrives to lay a wreath at Dublin Memorial Garden on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. The Duke and Queen's visit is the first by a monarch since 1911. An unprecedented security operation is taking place with much of the centre of Dublin turning into a car free zone. Republican dissident groups have made it clear they are intent on disrupting proceedings. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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Princess Elizabeth with her grandparents King George V and Queen Mary; and Snip the King's Cairn terrier, 1928.

Princess Elizabeth with her grandparents King George V and Queen Mary; and Snip the King's Cairn terrier, 1928.

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Queen Elizabeth's state visit to the Republic of Ireland. May 2011

Queen Elizabeth's state visit to the Republic of Ireland. May 2011

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Queen Elizabeth's state visit to the Republic of Ireland. May 2011

Queen Elizabeth's state visit to the Republic of Ireland. May 2011

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Queen Elizabeth's state visit to the Republic of Ireland. May 2011

Queen Elizabeth's state visit to the Republic of Ireland. May 2011

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Protesters throw missiles at Irish police in the streets adjacent to the Garden on Remembrance where Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

Protesters throw missiles at Irish police in the streets adjacent to the Garden on Remembrance where Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 17:  Police and protesters clash in the streets adjacent to the Garden on Remembrance where Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. The Duke and Queen's visit is the first by a monarch since 1911. An unprecedented security operation is taking place with much of the centre of Dublin turning into a car free zone. Republican dissident groups have made it clear they are intent on disrupting proceedings.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 17: Police and protesters clash in the streets adjacent to the Garden on Remembrance where Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. The Duke and Queen's visit is the first by a monarch since 1911. An unprecedented security operation is taking place with much of the centre of Dublin turning into a car free zone. Republican dissident groups have made it clear they are intent on disrupting proceedings. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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Queen Elizabeth's state visit to the Republic of Ireland. May 2011

Queen Elizabeth's state visit to the Republic of Ireland. May 2011

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  Protesters throw missiles at Irish police in the streets adjacent to the Garden on Remembrance where Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

Protesters throw missiles at Irish police in the streets adjacent to the Garden on Remembrance where Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Queen Elizabeth II  and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are shown the Book of Kells during a visit to Trinity College Dublin on May 17

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are shown the Book of Kells during a visit to Trinity College Dublin on May 17

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The Queen at the Aras an Uachtarain.

The Queen at the Aras an Uachtarain.

The Queen  shakes hands with Irish President Mary McAleese after arriving at Aras an Uachtarain (The Irish President's official residence) in Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland.

The Queen shakes hands with Irish President Mary McAleese after arriving at Aras an Uachtarain (The Irish President's official residence) in Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland.

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Protestors make their way down a street in Dublin after the Queen arrived in the country for a four day state visit.

Protestors make their way down a street in Dublin after the Queen arrived in the country for a four day state visit.

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Protestors make their way down a street in Dublin after the Queen arrived in the country for a four day state visit.

Protestors make their way down a street in Dublin after the Queen arrived in the country for a four day state visit.

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Protestors make their way down a street in Dublin after the Queen arrived in the country for a four day state visit.

Protestors make their way down a street in Dublin after the Queen arrived in the country for a four day state visit.

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The signatures of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh are seen in the visitors book at Aras An Uachtarain in Phoenix Park, Dublin

The signatures of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh are seen in the visitors book at Aras An Uachtarain in Phoenix Park, Dublin

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Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams speaks to the media in front of the Dublin Monaghan Bombings memorial in Dublin city centre, in response to the royal visit by Queen Elizabeth

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams speaks to the media in front of the Dublin Monaghan Bombings memorial in Dublin city centre, in response to the royal visit by Queen Elizabeth

Julien Behal

Queen Elizabeth II holds a posy of flowers given to her by eight-year-old Rachel Fox after she was greeted by Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore upon arrival at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel

Queen Elizabeth II holds a posy of flowers given to her by eight-year-old Rachel Fox after she was greeted by Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore upon arrival at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel

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Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Baldonnel Airport on the Royal Flight on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Baldonnel Airport on the Royal Flight on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Baldonnel Airport on the Royal Flight on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Baldonnel Airport on the Royal Flight on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Baldonnel Airport on the Royal Flight on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Baldonnel Airport on the Royal Flight on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh are greeted by Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore (front) upon arrival at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, ahead of a four day state visit.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh are greeted by Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore (front) upon arrival at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, ahead of a four day state visit.

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Queen Elizabeth II is greeted by Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore upon arrival at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel

Queen Elizabeth II is greeted by Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore upon arrival at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel

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Irish Army Rangers are seen at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel,  ahead of the arrival of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

Irish Army Rangers are seen at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, ahead of the arrival of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

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A sticker on a lamppost critical of the state visit to Ireland by the Queen.

A sticker on a lamppost critical of the state visit to Ireland by the Queen.

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Princess Elizabeth of York in 1927

Princess Elizabeth of York in 1927

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A poster is seen on a lamp post in advance of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's visit on May 16, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

A poster is seen on a lamp post in advance of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's visit on May 16, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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PRESIDENT MARY ROBINSON AND QUEEN ELIZABETH

PRESIDENT MARY ROBINSON AND QUEEN ELIZABETH

The Royal Standard flag flies from an Irish pub ahead of the state visit to Ireland by the Queen on May 16, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

The Royal Standard flag flies from an Irish pub ahead of the state visit to Ireland by the Queen on May 16, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Members of the public walk past phone boxes taped shut by police ahead of the state visit to Ireland by the Queen

Members of the public walk past phone boxes taped shut by police ahead of the state visit to Ireland by the Queen

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Gardai and security outside the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin city centre, ahead of the royal Visit by Britain's Queen of Elizabeth II and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh this week.

Gardai and security outside the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin city centre, ahead of the royal Visit by Britain's Queen of Elizabeth II and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh this week.

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People walk past graffiti in Dublin city centre, ahead of the royal visit by  Queen Elizabeth II

People walk past graffiti in Dublin city centre, ahead of the royal visit by Queen Elizabeth II

Niall Carson

Queen Elizabeth II meets Dame Helen Mirren at a reception to celebrate young people in the performing arts, at Buckingham Palace

Queen Elizabeth II meets Dame Helen Mirren at a reception to celebrate young people in the performing arts, at Buckingham Palace

Dominic Lipinski

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel,  for a four day state visit.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, for a four day state visit.

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KING GEORGE V1865-1936

KING GEORGE V1865-1936

King George V1 (VI) : Coronation on May 12th 1937. The Royal family robed and crowned on the balacony of Buckingham Palace after the coronation, with the princesses.

King George V1 (VI) : Coronation on May 12th 1937. The Royal family robed and crowned on the balacony of Buckingham Palace after the coronation, with the princesses.

Princess Elizabeth of York in 1927

Princess Elizabeth of York in 1927

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20/11/1947 Princess Elizabeth, now Queen, and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, now the Duke of Edinburgh with their eight bridesmaids in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace, on their wedding day.

20/11/1947 Princess Elizabeth, now Queen, and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, now the Duke of Edinburgh with their eight bridesmaids in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace, on their wedding day.

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King George V, at Belfast City Hall accompanied by Queen Mary to the opening of the first Ulster Parliament. 22/6/1921.

King George V, at Belfast City Hall accompanied by Queen Mary to the opening of the first Ulster Parliament. 22/6/1921.

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Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret riding a rocking horse at St. Paul's Waldenbury in August 1932

Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret riding a rocking horse at St. Paul's Waldenbury in August 1932

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Princess Elizabeth of York with lilies in 1929

Princess Elizabeth of York with lilies in 1929

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Princess Elizabeth (who became Queen Elizabeth II). The Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Princess Elizabeth (who became Queen Elizabeth II). The Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Princess Elizabeth (who became Queen Elizabeth II) playing with Victorian glasses. The Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Princess Elizabeth (who became Queen Elizabeth II) playing with Victorian glasses. The Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Duchess of York with Princess Elizabeth (who became Queen Elizabeth II). The Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Duchess of York with Princess Elizabeth (who became Queen Elizabeth II). The Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth:Coronation 1953/Visit to Northern Ireland. In Ballymena.

Queen Elizabeth:Coronation 1953/Visit to Northern Ireland. In Ballymena.

Queen Elizabeth:Coronation 1953/Ulster Celebrations. Coronation Book Display. 4/6/1953

Queen Elizabeth:Coronation 1953/Ulster Celebrations. Coronation Book Display. 4/6/1953

Queen Elizabeth:Coronation 1953/Ulster Celebrations. Beechill, Lisburn. 30/5/1953

Queen Elizabeth:Coronation 1953/Ulster Celebrations. Beechill, Lisburn. 30/5/1953

Queen Elizabeth:Coronation 1953/Ulster Celebrations. Loopland Drive Party.

Queen Elizabeth:Coronation 1953/Ulster Celebrations. Loopland Drive Party.

2/6/1953, of the coronation in Westminster Abbey of Britainís Queen Elizabeth II. 50 years on the anniversary will be marked later Monday June 2, 2003, with a service in the Abbey, attended by members of the Royal family, invited guests and 1,000 members of the public.

2/6/1953, of the coronation in Westminster Abbey of Britainís Queen Elizabeth II. 50 years on the anniversary will be marked later Monday June 2, 2003, with a service in the Abbey, attended by members of the Royal family, invited guests and 1,000 members of the public.

2/6/1953. Bishops pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II, at her coronation.

2/6/1953. Bishops pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II, at her coronation.

The Queen attends the National Convention Centre Dublin on May 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

When the Queen made her exit, events took an unexpected turn as the audience rose in ovation. She took the roof off the place. Cheers, a standing ovation, the lot. She didn't sing, she didn't dance, all she did was stand and smile.



It was right at the end of an hour-long concert in Dublin's Convention Centre when Queen Elizabeth took to the stage to meet the line of artists who had entertained her, ahem, royally, with a smorgasbord of Irish talent.

X Factor singer Mary Byrne and judge Louis Walsh were there, as were Westlife and the Dublin Gospel Choir singing You Raise Me Up, The Chieftains and, of course and inevitably, the spine-tingling finale of Riverdance, as she's the last person possibly on Earth who hasn't seen the show by now.

Former Tesco checkout worker Mary Byrne has admitted she's more of a republican than a royalist but said: “I just think she's a lovely woman. She's 80-odd and she is still going strong, and she always looks well. I think she is a lovely lady. I wouldn't be a royalist, as such. But I watched the wedding last month, and the wedding was brilliant and I love William.”

The eclectic guest list also included Formula One boss Eddie Jordan, former Ireland football manager Jack Charlton, Irish rugby star Keith Wood and snooker player Ken Doherty.

Catholic Primate Cardinal Sean Brady and Presbyterian Moderator Dr Norman Hamilton were also in attendance.

But the highlight was broadcaster Olivia O'Leary's gracious, funny and prescient essay on the visit.

“We were a little bit worried about the curtsy,” she began, before talking about how the Queen had caused “a frisson, a sense of something old being laid to rest, a new beginning”.

Applause broke out among the 2,000 guests when she paid tribute to former Taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald, who died yesterday.

And Olivia also had praise for President McAleese, who had given the Queen “a welcome that was very warm, very Irish and very proud”.

But just as the final notes of Riverdance faded, the Royal party — along with President McAleese and her husband Martin and the host of the event, British ambassador to Ireland Julian King — stood up to make their exit.

Events took an unexpected turn as people stood to applaud. Instead of heading to the door, she hung a left and headed towards the stage where artists were lined up.

Looking elegant in a green brocade coat (no hat for the informal stuff), she made her way down the line as the audience continued to clap. And then just before she exited stage left, she turned and unleashed one of her megawatt smiles. She knows a thing or two about showbiz herself.

Afterwards, Harry Crosbie, who staged the event, explained that he had received a call from her staff to inform him that the Queen wanted to take to the stage — after all, it would be the biggest crowd of Irish people by far that she had faced during her visit.

The irrepressible Harry had a little chinwag with the monarch on Wednesday. “She's loving Ireland, and is really enjoying herself,” he said. “I told her she had captured the hearts of the Irish people and she was chuffed.”

It had been quite the glittering occasion. Some 2,000 guests were processed through security checks at the O2 earlier in the afternoon, and nobody seemed to mind the long queue beforehand.

It was a most democratic queue altogether — lords (literally), ladies and gentlemen all lined up patiently in a long queue around the 02.

All the VIP guests for the evening of fun and fashion, hosted for the Royal couple by the British ambassador here, had to wait to be processed through security like the rest of the plain folk. In fact, presidential hopeful David Norris seized the opportunity to do some high-powered canvassing — and he had rich pickings, since in the queue were Lord Henry Mountcharles, Louise Kennedy, Grainne and Sile Seoige and honorary Irishman Jack Charlton.

It was an evening of fashion shows and music — and for the royal couple, another roomful of people to meet.

And this time there were 250 of them (including this reporter), all neatly arranged into horseshoes of 10 with a team leader.

There were sports groups with the likes of Declan Kidney and Aidan O'Brien, high-powered groups with former President Mary Robinson, Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson, ex-SDLP leader John Hume and businessman Denis O'Brien.

Suddenly, in through the door of the fifth-floor room came the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by the President and her husband. Given the size of the crowd, the Queen took one side and Prince Philip the other. As he approached this journalist with his hand outstretched, the thought of a fast change of name and profession crossed my mind, given the slagging had at his expense yesterday in my report on his longing for a pint in the Guinness Hopstore.

“So what do you do?” he inquired politely. Funnily enough, he moved swiftly onwards on hearing the reply.

And once again the couple took their time as behind them the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala chatted. It was almost like a normal soiree, except for the fact that, impossibly, there were the distinctive white curls of the Queen, in the middle of the melee.

And just after 7pm, the Royal couple entered the auditorium to warm applause. It was a great show. And Herself gave it one hell of a finale.

Belfast Telegraph