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In the past: Martin McGuinness pictured brandishing a gun

In the past: Martin McGuinness pictured brandishing a gun

1977 at a polo match at Windsor; Prince Charles, and Lord Mountbatten with Prince Philip

1977 at a polo match at Windsor; Prince Charles, and Lord Mountbatten with Prince Philip

The remains of Lord Mountbatten are removed after the IRA bomb attack on the boat, Shadow V, in Co Sligo

The remains of Lord Mountbatten are removed after the IRA bomb attack on the boat, Shadow V, in Co Sligo

Timothy Knatchbull is taken into an ambulance after the IRA bomb attack in 1979 which killed his uncle Lord Mountbatten

Timothy Knatchbull is taken into an ambulance after the IRA bomb attack in 1979 which killed his uncle Lord Mountbatten

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  People wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: People wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

NI Dr McKenna Cup Final -   Derry v TyroneGAA guests of honour First Minister Rt. Hon. Peter Robinson MLA and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP MLA

NI Dr McKenna Cup Final - Derry v TyroneGAA guests of honour First Minister Rt. Hon. Peter Robinson MLA and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP MLA

©William Cherry/Presseye

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visit the new South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, watched by Health Minister Edwin Poots (second left), during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visit the new South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, watched by Health Minister Edwin Poots (second left), during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Julien Behal

©Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 26th June 2012. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com, Queen Jubile Visit to Enniskillen Northern Ireland. The Queen at the South West Acute Hopital, Enniskillen.

©Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 26th June 2012. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com, Queen Jubile Visit to Enniskillen Northern Ireland. The Queen at the South West Acute Hopital, Enniskillen.

Shared laughter between the then First Minister Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in May 2007

Shared laughter between the then First Minister Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in May 2007

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  Queen Elizabeth II visits the South Western Acute Hospital on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Queen Elizabeth II visits the South Western Acute Hospital on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Chris Jackson

Martin McGuinness with Gerry Adams

Martin McGuinness with Gerry Adams

Queen Elizabeth II outside St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee tour.

Queen Elizabeth II outside St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee tour.

Niall Carson

Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness after being sworn in as ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembley, Stormont.

Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness after being sworn in as ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembley, Stormont.

Paul Faith

Her Majesty the Queen unveils a statue entitled 'Ossian' by artist Alexander Stoddart, in front of Hillsborough Castle, accompanied by Secretary of State Owen Paterson.The Queen unveiled the statue at the end of the first of a two day visit to Northern Ireland to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

Her Majesty the Queen unveils a statue entitled 'Ossian' by artist Alexander Stoddart, in front of Hillsborough Castle, accompanied by Secretary of State Owen Paterson.The Queen unveiled the statue at the end of the first of a two day visit to Northern Ireland to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

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Crowds wave Union flags in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, as they wait for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II during a two-day as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Crowds wave Union flags in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, as they wait for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II during a two-day as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Niall Carson

Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers from local school children after she visited South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers from local school children after she visited South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Julien Behal

Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers from local school children after she visited South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers from local school children after she visited South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Julien Behal

Queen Elizabeth II arrives through the new Jubilee Gates at Hillsborough Castle, County Down, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II arrives through the new Jubilee Gates at Hillsborough Castle, County Down, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Paul Faith

Crowds wave Union flags in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, as they wait for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II during a two-day as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Crowds wave Union flags in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, as they wait for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II during a two-day as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Niall Carson

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visit the new South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, watched by Health Minister Edwin Poots (second left), during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visit the new South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, watched by Health Minister Edwin Poots (second left), during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Julien Behal

Queen Elizabeth II visits the new South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II visits the new South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Julien Behal

©Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 26th June 2012. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com, Queen Jubile Visit to Enniskillen Northern Ireland. The Queen at the South West Acute Hopital, Enniskillen.

©Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 26th June 2012. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com, Queen Jubile Visit to Enniskillen Northern Ireland. The Queen at the South West Acute Hopital, Enniskillen.

©Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 26th June 2012. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com, Queen Jubile Visit to Enniskillen Northern Ireland. The Queen at the South West Acute Hopital, Enniskillen.

©Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 26th June 2012. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com, Queen Jubile Visit to Enniskillen Northern Ireland. The Queen at the South West Acute Hopital, Enniskillen.

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  Queen Elizabeth II visits the South Western Acute Hospital on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Queen Elizabeth II visits the South Western Acute Hospital on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Chris Jackson

HRH the Queen mets Health Minister Edwin Poots durng her visit of the newly opened South West HospitalPhoto by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

HRH the Queen mets Health Minister Edwin Poots durng her visit of the newly opened South West HospitalPhoto by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

HRH the Queen mets staff of the newly opened South West Hospital during the secong visit of the day to the province. Showing HRH around the wards are Dr Ray Nethercott and Trust Chairman Gerard GuckinPhoto by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

HRH the Queen mets staff of the newly opened South West Hospital during the secong visit of the day to the province. Showing HRH around the wards are Dr Ray Nethercott and Trust Chairman Gerard GuckinPhoto by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

HRH the Queen mets staff, volunteers and representatives of the emergengy services during her visit to the newly opened South West Hospital during the secong visit of the day to the provincePhoto by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

HRH the Queen mets staff, volunteers and representatives of the emergengy services during her visit to the newly opened South West Hospital during the secong visit of the day to the provincePhoto by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

HRH the Queen and Prince Phillip with the Dean of St McCartans Cathederal Enniskillen on the first day of her two day visit to the province.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

HRH the Queen and Prince Phillip with the Dean of St McCartans Cathederal Enniskillen on the first day of her two day visit to the province.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

HRH the Queen went walkabout after her visit to St McCartans Cathederal and St Michaels Enniskillen on the first day of her two day visit to the province.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

HRH the Queen went walkabout after her visit to St McCartans Cathederal and St Michaels Enniskillen on the first day of her two day visit to the province.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

HRH the Queen went walkabout after her visit to St McCartans Cathederal and St Michaels Enniskillen on the first day of her two day visit to the province.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

HRH the Queen went walkabout after her visit to St McCartans Cathederal and St Michaels Enniskillen on the first day of her two day visit to the province.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

The Queen went walkabout after her visit to St McCartans Cathederal and St Michaels Enniskillen on the first day of her two day visit to the province.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

The Queen went walkabout after her visit to St McCartans Cathederal and St Michaels Enniskillen on the first day of her two day visit to the province.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

HRH the Queen and Prince Phillip during their visit to St Michaels Chapel Enniskillen on the first day of her two day visit to the province.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

HRH the Queen and Prince Phillip during their visit to St Michaels Chapel Enniskillen on the first day of her two day visit to the province.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

Pacemaker Press 26/6/2012 The Queen and Prince Philip are welcomed by thousands of People in Enniskillen  during  a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. The Queen has met relatives of the victims of an IRA bombing in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 25 years ago , She will visit Belfast on Wednesdays and meet with deputy first minister Martin McGuinness   Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 26/6/2012 The Queen and Prince Philip are welcomed by thousands of People in Enniskillen during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. The Queen has met relatives of the victims of an IRA bombing in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 25 years ago , She will visit Belfast on Wednesdays and meet with deputy first minister Martin McGuinness Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 26/6/2012 The Queen and Prince Philip are welcomed by thousands of People in Enniskillen  during  a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. The Queen has met relatives of the victims of an IRA bombing in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 25 years ago , She will visit Belfast on Wednesdays and meet with deputy first minister Martin McGuinness   Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 26/6/2012 The Queen and Prince Philip are welcomed by thousands of People in Enniskillen during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. The Queen has met relatives of the victims of an IRA bombing in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 25 years ago , She will visit Belfast on Wednesdays and meet with deputy first minister Martin McGuinness Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 26/6/2012 The Queen and Prince Philip are welcomed by thousands of People in Enniskillen  during  a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. The Queen has met relatives of the victims of an IRA bombing in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 25 years ago , She will visit Belfast on Wednesdays and meet with deputy first minister Martin McGuinness   Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 26/6/2012 The Queen and Prince Philip are welcomed by thousands of People in Enniskillen during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. The Queen has met relatives of the victims of an IRA bombing in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 25 years ago , She will visit Belfast on Wednesdays and meet with deputy first minister Martin McGuinness Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  Queen Elizabeth II receives floral posies from wellwishers as she and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Queen Elizabeth II receives floral posies from wellwishers as she and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

Pacemaker Press 25/6/2012 Crowds Come out to welcome the Queen in Enniskillen yesterday during a twoday tour of Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations   Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 25/6/2012 Crowds Come out to welcome the Queen in Enniskillen yesterday during a twoday tour of Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 25/6/2012 Crowds Come out to welcome the Queen in Enniskillen yesterday during a twoday tour of Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations   Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 25/6/2012 Crowds Come out to welcome the Queen in Enniskillen yesterday during a twoday tour of Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 25/6/2012 Crowds Come out to welcome the Queen in Enniskillen yesterday during a twoday tour of Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations   Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 25/6/2012 Crowds Come out to welcome the Queen in Enniskillen yesterday during a twoday tour of Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 25/6/2012 Crowds Come out to welcome the Queen in Enniskillen yesterday during a twoday tour of Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations   Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 25/6/2012 Crowds Come out to welcome the Queen in Enniskillen yesterday during a twoday tour of Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 25/6/2012 Crowds Come out to welcome the Queen in Enniskillen yesterday during a twoday tour of Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations   Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 25/6/2012 Crowds Come out to welcome the Queen in Enniskillen yesterday during a twoday tour of Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 26/6/2012 The Queen and Prince Philip are welcomed by thousands of People in Enniskillen  during  a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. The Queen has met relatives of the victims of an IRA bombing in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 25 years ago , She will visit Belfast on Wednesdays and meet with deputy first minister Martin McGuinness   Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 26/6/2012 The Queen and Prince Philip are welcomed by thousands of People in Enniskillen during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. The Queen has met relatives of the victims of an IRA bombing in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 25 years ago , She will visit Belfast on Wednesdays and meet with deputy first minister Martin McGuinness Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 26/6/2012 The Queen and Prince Philip are welcomed by thousands of People in Enniskillen  during  a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. The Queen has met relatives of the victims of an IRA bombing in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 25 years ago , She will visit Belfast on Wednesdays and meet with deputy first minister Martin McGuinness   Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 26/6/2012 The Queen and Prince Philip are welcomed by thousands of People in Enniskillen during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. The Queen has met relatives of the victims of an IRA bombing in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 25 years ago , She will visit Belfast on Wednesdays and meet with deputy first minister Martin McGuinness Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

HRH the Queen went walkabout after her visit to St McCartans Cathederal and St Michaels Enniskillen on the first day of her two day visit to the province.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

HRH the Queen went walkabout after her visit to St McCartans Cathederal and St Michaels Enniskillen on the first day of her two day visit to the province.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

Susie Doyle chats with the Queen during her visit to the New SouthWest Hospital. Susie's 11 month old baby boy Eoin has Downs and is a patient of the Hospital. Also in picture is trust chairman Gerard Guckin.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

Susie Doyle chats with the Queen during her visit to the New SouthWest Hospital. Susie's 11 month old baby boy Eoin has Downs and is a patient of the Hospital. Also in picture is trust chairman Gerard Guckin.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

The Queen mets staff of the newly opened South West Hospital during the secong visit of the day to the provincePhoto by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

The Queen mets staff of the newly opened South West Hospital during the secong visit of the day to the provincePhoto by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

The Queen mets staff of the newly opened South West Hospital during the secong visit of the day to the provincePhoto by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

The Queen mets staff of the newly opened South West Hospital during the secong visit of the day to the provincePhoto by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  Children wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Children wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  Children wearing homemade paper crowns look on amongst a crowd of wellwishers as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Children wearing homemade paper crowns look on amongst a crowd of wellwishers as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (L) visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (L) visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  Children wearing homemade paper crowns look on amongst a crowd of wellwishers as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Children wearing homemade paper crowns look on amongst a crowd of wellwishers as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  Children wearing homemade paper crowns look on amongst a crowd of wellwishers as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Children wearing homemade paper crowns look on amongst a crowd of wellwishers as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  A girl holds up a Diamond Jubilee badge amongst a crowd of wellwishers as  as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: A girl holds up a Diamond Jubilee badge amongst a crowd of wellwishers as as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  People wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: People wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  People wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: People wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  Queen Elizabeth II and  Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh visit the South Western Acute Hospital on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh visit the South Western Acute Hospital on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Chris Jackson

ENNISKILLIN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  People wave union flags as Queen Elizabeth II visits Macartin's Cathederal on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLIN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: People wave union flags as Queen Elizabeth II visits Macartin's Cathederal on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Chris Jackson

Crowds wait for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to leave St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Crowds wait for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to leave St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 26, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Julien Behal

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  People wave union flags as Queen Elizabeth II visits Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: People wave union flags as Queen Elizabeth II visits Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Chris Jackson

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  People wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: People wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  People wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: People wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  People wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: People wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  Children wave Union Jack flags and hold out floral bouquets as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Children wave Union Jack flags and hold out floral bouquets as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  Children wave Union Jack flags and hold out floral bouquets as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Children wave Union Jack flags and hold out floral bouquets as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  Children wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Children wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  Children wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Children wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  Children wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Children wave Union Jack flags as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  Queen Elizabeth II receives floral posies from wellwishers as she and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Queen Elizabeth II receives floral posies from wellwishers as she and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  Queen Elizabeth II receives floral posies from wellwishers as she and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Queen Elizabeth II receives floral posies from wellwishers as she and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26:  Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 26: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Macartin's Cathedral on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

Queen Elizabeth II outside St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Queen Elizabeth II outside St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Niall Carson

A well wisher waits for Queen Elizabeth II in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

A well wisher waits for Queen Elizabeth II in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Julien Behal

Crowds wait for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to leave St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Crowds wait for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to leave St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Julien Behal

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh leave St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh leave St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Niall Carson

Queen Elizabeth II visits Macartin's Cathederal on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh,  on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Queen Elizabeth II visits Macartin's Cathederal on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, are due to meet with former IRA leader and NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Chris Jackson

Queen Elizabeth II visits Macartin's Cathederal on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland.

Queen Elizabeth II visits Macartin's Cathederal on June 26, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on a Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland.

Chris Jackson

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Niall Carson

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Niall Carson

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Niall Carson

Secratary of State Owen Paterson and Northern Ireland First minister Peter Robinson wait for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to arrive at St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Secratary of State Owen Paterson and Northern Ireland First minister Peter Robinson wait for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to arrive at St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Niall Carson

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh speak with well wishers in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh speak with well wishers in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Niall Carson

Crowds wait in the rain for Queen Elizabeth II to arrive in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Crowds wait in the rain for Queen Elizabeth II to arrive in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Niall Carson

Crowds watch in the rain as Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Crowds watch in the rain as Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Niall Carson

Crowds watch from a rooftop as Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Crowds watch from a rooftop as Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Niall Carson

Hamilton Gilmour,  Jenny Maxwell-Deane, Hilary Graham and Muriel Foy wait for the arrival of The Queen in Enniskillen Co Fermanagh.

Hamilton Gilmour, Jenny Maxwell-Deane, Hilary Graham and Muriel Foy wait for the arrival of The Queen in Enniskillen Co Fermanagh.

Crowds wave Union flags in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, as they wait for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II during a two-day as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Crowds wave Union flags in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, as they wait for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II during a two-day as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Niall Carson

©Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 26th June 2012. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com, Local shops get ready for the arrival of The Queen in Enniskillen Co Fermanagh.

©Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 26th June 2012. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com, Local shops get ready for the arrival of The Queen in Enniskillen Co Fermanagh.

Crowds wait in heavy rain in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II during a two-day as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour

Crowds wait in heavy rain in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II during a two-day as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour

Niall Carson

©Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 26th June 2012. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com, People in Enniskillen town wait for the arrival of The Queen

©Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 26th June 2012. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com, People in Enniskillen town wait for the arrival of The Queen

Crowds wave Union flags in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, as they wait for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II during a two-day as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour

Crowds wave Union flags in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, as they wait for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II during a two-day as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour

Niall Carson

Crowds wave Union flags in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, as they wait for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II during a two-day as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour

Crowds wave Union flags in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, as they wait for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II during a two-day as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour

Niall Carson

In the past: Martin McGuinness pictured brandishing a gun

Inside a ramshackle paint shop on Dublin's North Strand in 1989, Cathal Goulding reflected on the republican movement's split 20 years earlier.

Musing on the subsequent decades of carnage and futility in the north, the former IRA chief of staff came out with a memorable line.

Grumpy because his leg was in plaster, Goulding thumped the table where his limb was propped up on a pillow and boomed: "We were right too soon, Adams is right too late and Ruairi O'Bradaigh will never be f*****g right!"

Although Goulding was right about some of the important things he might have been a bit too unkind to O'Bradaigh.

The two men had agreed to be interviewed, along with Joe Cahill, in a three-part series on the implications of the 1969-70 schism in republicanism.

In his interview, O'Bradaigh made a number of predictions which, from the benefit of hindsight, turned out to be prophetic.

The then-president of Republican Sinn Fein predicted that, after what he called "Free State Sinn Fein" took their seats in Leinster House, they would eventually sit in a northern assembly with partition still in place; the IRA campaign would be abandoned and the goal of a united Ireland would not be achieved.

At the time, O'Bradaigh was painted as a bitter Cassandra by his ex-comrades in Sinn Fein who, dismissed his claims as nonsense.

Yet, if we examine his outline of Sinn Fein's constitutional future, then his fears have been realised.

The party he left signed up to two political agreements, endorsed massively by the electorate on the island, which have - to use an old phrase - underpinned the 'unionist veto'.

The IRA campaign ended without even a British declaration of intent to withdraw.

Mainstream republicans have, in their new outreach programme, become 'persuaders' of the need for Irish unity.

And now another former IRA chief of staff is about to shake hands with the Queen. Clearly, if you live long enough - as O'Bradaigh has - you really do see everything.

Gerry Adams has sought to portray the Martin McGuinness-Queen Elizabeth handshake as, in reality, a handshake with unionists. To a certain extent, that is true. However, the real significant strategic gains to be made for Sinn Fein in relation to the Royal encounter are south of the border.

There were many memorable moments to last year's tour by the Queen and Prince Philip across the Republic.

Think of a thirsty-looking Duke of Edinburgh almost licking his lips at the sight of a master barman pouring the perfect pint of the black stuff at Guinness's St James's Gate brewery. Or the Royal couple being given a hurling stick and sliotar at Croke Park.

These events were eclipsed by the laying of a wreath and a single polite nod to the republican war dead inside Dublin's Garden of Remembrance. The nod signified, in many ways, the end of Anglo-Irish hostility.

There could, though, have been one more image that would have trumped the Garden of Remembrance moment; one that would resonated around the world.

Instead of failing to turn up to the Royal hooley, Sinn Fein could have stolen the limelight. A handshake between Martin McGuinness and the Queen would have had major ramifications across the Republic.

Although the party is enjoying a high level of support during the seemingly never-ending economic crisis in the south, it has still not captured enough backing and confidence among the most critical band of the electorate.

'Middle Ireland' is middle-class, economically conservative, increasingly socially liberal, robust in its support for the Garda and Irish Defence Forces, fiercely patriotic, yet vehemently opposed to violence and terrorism. It was this segment of voters that baulked at backing McGuinness for president last autumn and for decades, was repelled by the IRA's campaign.

As was evident during the presidential election, Sinn Fein had not fully detoxified itself in the minds of enough of Middle Ireland. Had Sinn Fein bitten the bullet last year and allowed leading figures like McGuinness to join with other southern political leaders to greet the Queen, who knows how much of that old revolutionary edge to the party would have been made more palatable to Middle Ireland.

On the radical fringes of republicanism, Sinn Fein has already come under sustained attack for agreeing to tomorrow's historic handshake. Yet the party has lived with criticism from this quarter for some time without suffering any tangible political or electoral damage.

None the less, for O'Bradaigh and all the other republican recalcitrants, the handshake will be, for them, their Animal Farm moment: the instant when the animals look over to see their former comrades - the pigs - supping with the humans and where the betrayed beasts of the farmyard cannot tell one from the other.