Thursday 21 November 2019

The state visit by day

Monday, April 7

President arrives into Heathrow and is greeted by the Irish ambassador Dan Mulhall and Viscount Hood, lord-in-waiting to the queen.

Tuesday, April 8

* He will be met at the Irish embassy by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and they will travel to Windsor together.

* He will be formally greeted by the queen, in Windsor Castle and inspect guard of honour.

* After lunch, he will visit Westminster Abbey for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

* In the late afternoon, he will address both houses of parliament.

* A state banquet will be held at Windsor Castle.

Wednesday, April 9

* The President will view the colours of the disbanded Irish Regiments.

* He will visit University College Hospital to meet Irish staff.

* He will visit the Royal Society before travelling to 10 Downing Street for a lunch with Prime Minister David Cameron.

* Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will pay a courtesy call to him at Buckingham Palace.

* A banquet will be held that evening at the Guildhall hosted by the mayor of London.

Thursday, April 10

* The day will start with a visit to farms in Oxford and then Park House Stables in Kingsclere.

* In the early evening there is a Northern Ireland-themed reception at Windsor Castle.

* A celebration of Irish song, dance and poetry will be held at the Royal Albert Hall.

Friday, April 11

* Farewells at Windsor Castle before a visit to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon.

* Visit to Coventry Cathedral and tour of the ruins of the old Cathedral, destroyed in World War II.

* Depart for Baldonnel.

Irish Independent

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