Nicholas Leonard: Women lead way as men occupy spotlight for wrong reasons
France's economics minister Christine Lagarde is favourite to take the top job at the IMF. Reuters/Aly song
There is a massive sense of relief and satisfaction in Downing Street at the palpable success of the queen's visit to Ireland. While the arrival of President Barack Obama will now capture the media headlines, both the queen herself and the British prime minister, David Cameron, have gained political and personal brownie points on a scale that neither could reasonably have expected.
One of the first consequences of this is a vivid awareness in Whitehall of the ability of the queen, even at the age of 85, to play a proactive role in internationally complex situations.