Moment of healing
Queen bows her head to fallen heroes in symbolic act of historic reconciliation
IT WAS a moment of historic healing as Queen Elizabeth yesterday laid a wreath, stepped back and bowed her head in a hugely symbolic act of reconciliation between Ireland and Britain.
On her first public engagement of the watershed visit, flanked by President Mary McAleese, the queen paid tribute in the Garden of Remembrance to the Irish who died resisting British rule.
A minute's silence was broken by a muffled drum, then the 'Last Post' was sounded, followed by the raising of the tricolour from half mast.
'Amhran na bhFiann' was played out, and the heads of state walked back out to their waiting cars to be whizzed through sealed-off streets.
The queen appeared relaxed despite the bomb alerts and protests.