Monday 27 March 2017

At last, both of us know who our real friends are

The time is right for Ireland to take the next step -- rejoining the Commonwealth, writes Frederick Forsyth

RELATIONSHIP OF EQUALS: Queen Elizabeth and President Mary McAleese, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and Dr Martin McAleese, at Aras an Uachtarain. Photo: David Conachy
RELATIONSHIP OF EQUALS: Queen Elizabeth and President Mary McAleese, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and Dr Martin McAleese, at Aras an Uachtarain. Photo: David Conachy

LIVING on the British side of the Irish Sea, we are probably too accustomed to the seemingly effortless professionalism of a little old lady called Queen Elizabeth the Second.

It is therefore all the more gratifying to observe her warm (at first) and later enthusiastic reception in Ireland last week. For this could well have been the hardest nut she ever had to crack.

Whether you prefer monarchy or republic, it is a simple fact that if you want to have a country which is a state, you have to have a head of state. As such, this lady has been, for us and for 60 years, a simply terrific one.

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