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Nicholas Leonard: For Britain, this historic trip is more about the future than past

Nicholas Leonard

Published 16/05/2011 | 05:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth is acutely aware of the political and diplomatic sensitivities of her state visit here
Britain's Queen Elizabeth is acutely aware of the political and diplomatic sensitivities of her state visit here

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, will find both the queen and the British prime minister, David Cameron, in pretty buoyant form when he meets them this week.

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The queen is elated not only because of the public relations triumph of the William and Kate wedding, but also because, for the first time in 30 years, she has a horse good enough to run in the Derby.

Her last runner, back in 1981, could only finish fifth but this year's hopeful, Carlton House, is the hot favourite to win the race.

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