Ruth Dudley Edwards: McGuinness embraces his defeat
The Provos lost their 'war' -- that is the real meaning of the royal handshake, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards
Idly, I looked at the court circular in my London Times on Thursday. This includes the official record of the engagements carried out the previous day by the Queen or by others acting on her behalf. There it was.
"Her Majesty and His Royal Highness this morning visited the Lyric Theatre, 55 Ridgeway Street, Belfast, and were received by the chairman of Co-operation Ireland (Mr Christopher Moran), Mr Peter Sheridan (chief executive) and the chairman of the Lyric Theatre (Mr Mark Carruthers).
The Queen, patron, Co-operation Ireland, and the Duke of Edinburgh joined the Rt Hon Peter Robinson MLA (First Minister of Northern Ireland), Mr Martin McGuinness MLA (Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland), the President of Ireland and Mrs Higgins in viewing an exhibition of portraiture and subsequently attended a reception for the arts given by Co-operation Ireland."