Friday 26 December 2014

In Pictures: President Higgins' Irish State visit comes to a close

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh bid farewell to Irish President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina (not pictured) at Windsor Castle in Windsor, after the first State visit to the UK by an Irish President. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 11, 2014. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Leon Neal/PA Wire
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh bid farewell to Irish President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina (not pictured) at Windsor Castle in Windsor, after the first State visit to the UK by an Irish President. Leon Neal/PA Wire
Martha Wainwright, 6, presents flowers to Irish President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins during a visit to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Statford-upon-Avon. Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Irish President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins Photo. Joe Giddens/PA Wire
The cast of Henry IV Part I perform for Irish President Michael D. Higgins at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Statford-upon-Avon, during the first State visit to the UK by an Irish President. Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she bids farewell Irish President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina (not pictured) prepare to leave Windsor Castle in Windsor, after the first State visit to the UK by an Irish President. Leon Neal/PA Wire
Irish President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins are shown a wig from Henry IV part one by head of wigs and make-up Sandra Smith (right) during a visit to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Statford-upon-Avon. Joe Giddens/PA Wire
(Left to right) Irish President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins meet actor Sir Anthony Sher and artistic director Gregory Doran during a visit to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Statford-upon-Avon. Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Irish President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins (behind) during a visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace in Statford-upon-Avon. Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Irish President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins greet well wishers outside Shakespeare's Birthplace in Statford-upon-Avon. Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Martha Wainwright, 6, presents flowers to Irish President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins during a visit to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Statford-upon-Avon. Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Irish President Michael D. Higgins during a visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace in Statford-upon-Avon, during the first State visit to the UK by an Irish President. Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Irish President Michael D. Higgins gives a speech on stage in front of the cast of Henry IV Part I at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Statford-upon-Avon, during the first State visit to the UK by an Irish President. Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Irish President Michael D. Higgins sits in a car as he leaves Windsor Castle in Windsor, after the first State visit to the UK by an Irish President. Leon Neal/PA Wire
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (left) and the Duke of Edinburgh, bid farewell to Irish President Michael D. Higgins (right) and his wife Sabina at Windsor Castle in Windsor, after the first State visit to the UK by an Irish President. Leon Neal/PA Wire
The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins (C) and his wife Sabina (3rd R) meet actors during a visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, southern England April 11, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Giddens/Pool
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip laugh after bidding farewell to the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina at Windsor Castle in Windsor, southern England April 11, 2014. REUTERS/Leon Neal/Pool
Britain's Queen Elizabeth laughs after bidding farewell to the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina at Windsor Castle in Windsor, southern England April 11, 2014. REUTERS/Leon Neal/Pool
Britain's Queen Elizabeth greets Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (L), First Minister Peter Robinson (2nd L) and Britain's Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers (3rd L) during a Northern Ireland-themed reception at Windsor Castle at Windsor in southern England April 10, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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