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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Queen pays her respects to Irish who died in WWI

David Young

Published 26/06/2014|02:30

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Queen Elizabeth meets crowds in Coleraine, Co Derry
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip lay a wreath yesterday. Picture: Margaret McLaughlin
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip lay a wreath yesterday. Picture: Margaret McLaughlin
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are welcomed to Coleraine. Picture: Margaret McLaughlin
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are welcomed to Coleraine. Picture: Margaret McLaughlin

Queen Elizabeth ended a three-day trip to the North by laying a wreath to commemorate the Irish who died in World War I.

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The queen and Prince Philip were guests of honour at the event in Coleraine, Co Derry, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the conflict and all those who lost their lives in the subsequent four years.

The royal couple flew to Coleraine from her official residence at Hillsborough Castle where earlier they chatted to experts from the 'Antiques Roadshow' who assessed items from the castle's collections.

Hundreds of people are expected to queue today to have possessions valued for the filming of the latest episode of the BBC series.

The Co Down home has been part of the Historic Royal Palaces group since April and is now open to the public.

Reception

In Coleraine, members of the Royal British Legion from both sides of the border attended the civic reception in the Town Hall.

Re-enactors dressed in period costume and, after the solemnity of the wreath laying and minute's silence, the queen embarked on a walkabout to say hello to some of those who had turned up to see her.

The reception marked the end of a packed three days for the royals.

Buckingham Palace officials have hailed what was the queen's 21st visit to Northern Ireland as an overwhelming success.

While past trips have seen her itinerary closely guarded due to security fears, this week's engagements were publicised in advance and that open nature continued as the events unfolded.

As with a range of recent royal engagements involving Ireland, both north and south, the theme of reconciliation was to the fore, no more so when the queen and prince toured the regenerated Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast with First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, both of whom were detained in the prison during the Troubles.

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