Bruce Arnold: This visit has brought our two countries even closer
Published 19/05/2011 | 05:00
THE queen's silent bow in reverence for those who fought against Britain for Irish freedom was the most moving gesture of her first day on Irish soil -- finer and far better than words could ever have been.
It set a tone higher than anyone here or in Britain could have imagined or forecast. And the richness of what we have witnessed has forged powerful and unbreakable bonds of friendship, truly endorsing a relationship unmatched elsewhere among the 27 EU members.
Queen Elizabeth has seen and known all sides of victory and defeat, not just in her own time, when war destroyed civilisation for a period, but historically in the gestures she has already made to Irish people who served and died in defence of Britain during the Second World War and to those many Irishmen who also died in the First World War.