President Michael D Higgins and Queen Elizabeth during the banquet held at Windsor Castle during the State visit of President Higgins. Photograph: Alan Betson

Inside Politics: Queen’s friendly exchange with McGuinness was a signal of how things have changed

Queen Elizabeth II greets Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (left), First Minister Peter Robinson (2nd left) and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers (3rd left) as  President Michael D Higgins (3rd right), the Duke of Edinburgh (2nd right) and Sabina Coyne (right) look on during a Northern Ireland-themed reception at Windsor Castle today. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/PA Wire

Week will be ‘noted for its spirit of generosity and peacemaking’, Sinn Féin deputy leader says

Dr Joseph Roche from Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, demonstrating quantum locking experiment to President Michael D Higgins yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘I have always been critical of Francis Bacon but I have decided to leave it till another day,’ President tells Royal Society

The Duke of York shows President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins the colours of the disbanded Irish regiments at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, yesterday. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Mr Higgins acknowledges sacrifice made by Irish men who died while serving in British army in first World War

 Prince Andrew, Duke of York shows the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins (centre), accompanied by his wife Sabina Higgins and David Rankin-Hunt, Deputy Inspector, Regimental Colours for the Royal Collection (left) the Colours of the Disbanded Irish Regiments in the Grand Stairs at Windsor Castle today. Photograph: Steve Parsons/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Higgins speaks to Royal Society in London during state visit to Britain

 Queen Elizabeth walks with  President Michael D Higgins, followed by his wife Sabina  and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle yesterday. Photograph: Steve Parsons/Reuters

Higgins praises the queen on first day of state visit for not shying away from shadows of the past

 President Michael D Higgins delivers a speech at the Houses of Parliament in London, during the first State visit on April 8th, 2014. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/PA Wire

Higgins acknowledges 'mutual respect, friendship and co-operation'

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, walk up to the floor memorial to Earl Mountbatten of Burma and his wife, during their visit to Westminster Abbey in London today. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

President says idealism of O’Connell served to guide, many years later, the momentous Good Friday Agreement

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