Monday 22 May 2017

Martina Devlin: Simple gesture was a tribute to those who died for our freedom

The two wreaths laid by President Mary McAleese and Queen Elizabeth yesterday
The two wreaths laid by President Mary McAleese and Queen Elizabeth yesterday
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

IT IS not a common sight to see a monarch dip their head. Crowned rulers are more accustomed to being on the receiving end of acts of deference.

But it happened yesterday at the Garden of Remembrance when Queen Elizabeth laid a wreath and stepped back, before quite conspicuously bending her neck and upper body. There was no mistaking the gesture -- she was bowing. And not in a half-hearted way either.

I don't know if the men and women who struggled for Irish freedom would have been moved by her salute or surprised by it. But I can't imagine that they would have been indifferent.

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