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Off to see the queen .... I'd better take a few quid then

He may be looking forward to the royal treatment next month, but for the moment our president has to stand in ATM queues just like the rest of us.

Pictures of Michael D Higgins using a cash machine in Dublin's Baggot Street have spread across social media.

However, there will be no time for pit stops on his state visit to Britain next month.

Mr Higgins and his wife Sabina will have a packed schedule to contend with.

The trip, which will be the first ever state visit by an Irish head of state to Britain, is planned for April 8 to 11.

The president and Mrs Higgins will be accompanied by Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and an official delegation.

During the visit, Mr Higgins will be the guest of Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle where a state banquet will be held.

The president and his wife will also meet Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Prince Andrew and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and they will have lunch with prime minister David Cameron.


A Northern Ireland-themed reception will also be hosted by the Queen.

Prince Charles and Camilla will greet the president and Mrs Higgins at the Irish embassy in London on the first morning of their visit. The queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will then formally greet their visitors at Windsor Castle.

The two heads of state will travel together by horse-drawn carriage for a ceremonial welcome.

As part of the formal proceedings, the guard of honour will give the royal salute and the band will play the Irish and British national anthems.