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Seventy years of British monarchy and Ireland: How Queen Elizabeth interacted with Ireland over the decades

During a fraught period for Anglo-Irish relations, Queen Elizabeth has visited Ireland only once

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Queen Elizabeth meets fishmonger Pat O'Connell in the English Market in Cork during her state visit to Ireland in 2011

Queen Elizabeth meets fishmonger Pat O'Connell in the English Market in Cork during her state visit to Ireland in 2011

Queen Elizabeth II in Guildhall Square in Derry on July 3, 1953, on her first visit to Northern Ireland

Queen Elizabeth II in Guildhall Square in Derry on July 3, 1953, on her first visit to Northern Ireland

Queen Elizabeth bows after laying a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin

Queen Elizabeth bows after laying a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin

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Queen Elizabeth meets fishmonger Pat O'Connell in the English Market in Cork during her state visit to Ireland in 2011

Queen Elizabeth II made no secret of the fact the state visit she most wanted to undertake for almost six decades on the throne was to the Republic of Ireland.

As she marks 70 years as Britain’s monarch, her single visit to the Republic 11 years ago represents a landmark moment in oft-troubled Anglo-Irish relations.


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