Saturday 21 April 2018

Nicola Anderson: Every detail choreographed to maximise the symbolic effect

Monarch determined to ensure the call of history would overcome obstacles

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

EVEN before she ever set foot on Irish soil, Queen Elizabeth had already made a powerfully symbolic gesture by choosing to fly into an aerodrome named for Roger Casement, the patriot -- and British consul -- who was executed by the British for treason in 1916.

The fact that she chose, of her own accord, to wear green was a touching gesture that merely compounded the fact that this visit was more than extraordinary.

As an echoing gesture of goodwill of our own, a small union jack -- just a small one -- fluttered from the leader of the Army motorcycle cavalcade waiting on the tarmac to escort the queen on the start of her state visit.

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