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On the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

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On the passing of Queen Elizabeth II the Irish community in Britain fondly remember her historic visit to Ireland in 2011.

The Queen became the first British monarch in 100 years to do so, accepting an invitation from President Mary McAleese.

It was a watershed moment in British-Irish relations, and built upon the foundations of the enduring peace created by the Good Friday Agreement.

President Higgins, reflected that the visit would “deepen our shared sense of the breadth and vibrancy of the connections between our two countries at every level. It will continue to inspire the achievement of those possibilities in the future that we might share”.

May she rest in peace.

Irish in Britain