Saturday 22 July 2017

Fionnan Sheahan: British PM leads the changing of the guard

Political Editor Fionnan Sheahan on the day David Cameron took over and Michael Collins looked on

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

The British took back Government Buildings yesterday -- and proceeded to use it as a changing room. The Union Jack flew alongside the tricolour on top of the building in honour of the queen's visit.

But the real evidence of the return of the realm came when a minister's office was commandeered by the queen's government. British Prime Minister David Cameron requisitioned the office of European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton's to let him change from business attire into a lounge suit for the state dinner in honour of the queen.

The minister wasn't there at the time as she was gone ahead to the dinner at Dublin Castle. While Mr Cameron was a half hour late arriving on Merrion Street last evening, the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were four minutes early when her 16- car cavalcade swept on to the cobblestones of Government Buildings at 11.11am.

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