Lemass Tapes: Queen Mother wanted to visit Dublin Horse Show

Royal was eager to attend but prospect of official visits exercised former taoiseach

The Queen Mother, a noted horse-racing fan, spent years trying to wrangle an invitation to the event. Photograph: Chris Harris/PA

The Queen Mother, a noted horse-racing fan, spent years trying to wrangle an invitation to the event. Photograph: Chris Harris/PA

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, a noted horse-racing fan, spent years trying to wrangle an invitation to the Royal Dublin Horse Show, the Lemass recordings reveal.

“On one occasion she threatened our ambassador in London that she would set off for Belfast and have her plane break down on the way so that she could get into Dublin in circumstances where we could not very well keep her out,” said Lemass.

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