Details of President Higgins state visit to Britain released
President’s visit follows the successful visit of Queen Elizabeth to Ireland in 2011
Mr Higgins will be honoured at a state banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. Photograph:L Andrew Winning/Reuters
Áras an Uachtaráin has released details of the upcoming state visit by President Michael D Higgins to Britain.
The official delegation will depart Dublin on the afternoon of Monday the 7th April and will return on the evening of Friday 11th April.
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During the course of the State visit the President and his wife will be guests of Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle.
Highlights of the visit will include an address by President Higgins and the queen to the House of Commons and the House of Lords and a state banquet hosted by the queen at Windsor Castle.
Monday 7 April
Tuesday 8th April
Queen Elizabeth and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, will formally greet Mr Higgins and his wife at the Royal Dais, Datchet Road, Windsor after which they will travel together by horse-drawn carriage for a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle.
In the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle, President Higgins, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, will inspect a guard of honour. As part of the formal welcome, the guard of honour will give the royal salute, and the band will play the Irish and British national anthems.
Following a private lunch hosted by the queen at Windsor Castle, she will invite Mr Higgins and his wife to view Irish related items from the royal collection.
Afterwards they will depart for London and visit Westminster Abbey, where they will be received by Dr John Hall, the Dean of Westminster. Prior to commencing a tour of the Abbey, President Higgins will lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.