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U2's Bono praises Queen's use of Gaelic during trip to Republic of Ireland

By Ella Pickover

Bono made a room full of celebrities cheer when he praised the Queen for speaking in Irish during her trip to the Republic last year.

The U2 singer, Joan Collins and Sir Paul McCartney paid tribute to the Queen as she attended a Diamond Jubilee celebration of the arts at the Royal Academy of Arts in central London.

Addressing the Queen, Bono said: “I wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge the extraordinary magic that you made on your trip to Ireland last year.”

He joked: “And the Queen spoke Gaelic. I can't even speak Gaelic.”

She met Sir Paul and his wife Nancy Shevell as she toured the galleries of the academy.

Sir Paul declared that he was a “huge fan” of the Queen.

The former Beatle said: “It is always wonderful meeting her. She's great.

“It is always a great pleasure meeting her —– I'm a big fan.”

In another room the Queen met Dame Shirley Bassey and Joan Collins.

“I'm such a great admirer of her,” said Collins.

“I think she is the most wonderful, incredible woman and just a great Queen. There will never be anyone like her again.

“I always want to know what she keeps in the handbag.”

The Queen also met choirmaster Gareth Malone, singer Jamie Cullum and his wife Sophie Dahl, and Sir Jonathan Ive — who was knighted at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

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