Pauline Conway from Co Wicklow greeting  President Michael D Higgins  at University College London Hospital yesterday.  Photograph: Johnny Bambury

The glittering investiture of Ireland into The Order of the VBF (Very Best Friend) continues. There’s nothing like some rousing pageantry to st(...)

Queen Elizabeth with President Higgins  and Sabina Higgins. Photograph: Alan Betson

A 21-gun salute echoed around Windsor just after noon yesterday to signal the official st(...)

At the end of a very special day, they raised their glasses and toasted the future. A good future. One that many Irishmen and wom(...)

President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip ahead of a State Banquet this evening in Windsor, England. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Ireland and Britain have gained strength living “in both the shadow and in the shelter of one another” through the years, President Michael D H(...)

 President  Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina with Viscount Henry Hood, lord-in-waiting to  Queen Elizabeth, who greeted the president  at  Heathrow yesterday. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Sometimes, the small things are what make a house a home, no matter how grand its walls. Today, President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina(...)

      Mr Higgins and his wife Sabina will stay at Windsor Castle – a privilege usually accorded only to visiting monarchs and one United States president, Ronald Reagan. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

President Michael D Higgins’s State visit to Britain next month – the first by an Iris(...)

Undated file photo of Diana, Princess of Wales as former News of the World reporter Clive Goodman has told the phone hacking trial at the Old Bailey that she leaked royal directories to him. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The former royal editor of Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct British tabloid the News of the World told a court today the late Princess Diana had g(...)

Always popular in central Europe, the enthusiasm for skiing among foreign tourists, including people from Britain and Ireland, has contributed to busier slopes

Hours after Michael Schumacher left his chalet last Sunday in the French ski resort of Méribel, the retired Formula One champion was once again front (...)

Mandla Mandela (centre back), the eldest grandson of  Nelson Mandela, watches as his flag-draped coffin is carried down steps of the Union Buildings at the end of the third and final day of lying in state in Pretoria today. Photograph: Matt Dunham/Pool/Reuters

Tens of thousands of mourners, some breaking through police barriers, flocked to South Africa’s central government buildings on Friday to say a perso(...)

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela with South African president Jacob Zuma at a prayer service for former president Nelson Mandela. Photograph: Joao Silva/The New York Times

The full magnitude of the late Nelson Mandela’s memorial service became apparent yesterday after it was confirmed dozens of the world’s former and sit(...)

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