Lise Hand: Lottery winners hit jackpot with meet and greet
Published 18/05/2011 | 05:00
WHILE the royal couple were inside the beautiful Old Library in Trinity College inspecting the Book of Kells, a row of barriers magically materialised along the walkway outside. And then within a couple of minutes a crowd of over 250 people swarmed in behind them.
For after a day of travelling within the Royal Bubble -- the highly secure cordon which cocoons the queen on every step of this four-day visit -- this was the first chance that a group of citizens had to get within hand-shaking distance of the royal personage.
Arrayed along the barriers were undergraduates, post-graduates, lecturers and various staff. One woman, Orla McCarthy, had even got all gussied up in an Ascot-style outfit of gold coat and wide-brimmed black chapeau.