State Visit

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President Michael D Higgins and  Queen Elizabeth  before the banquet held at Windsor Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson

History, good and bad, has happened inside the walls of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster for centuries and then, sometimes, it comes bac(...)

Members of the Mary McHugh School of Dancing in Coventry wait in anticipation of meeting President Higgins during the final part of his state visit to Britain. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins, sitting in a horse-drawn carriage alongside Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday as it rolled through the streets of Windsor, th(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina meeting Ian and Anna-Lisa Balding at Park House Stables, Kingsclere, Newbury as part of the state visit of President Higgins to Britain. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins’ wife, Sabina snuggled a newly-born lamb close this morning on a 1,850 acre Oxfordshire farm, on the opening of the(...)

After playing a prominent role at the historic banquet for President Michael D Higgins in Windsor Castle hours earlier, Sabina Higgins returned to (...)

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(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, with Alderman Fiona Woolf, the Lord Mayor of the city of London, last night. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

The Government will invite a senior member of the British royal family to attend commemor(...)

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

President Higgins made no secret of the fact that he itched to set protocol aside on the second day of his st(...)

 Gerry Adams: he said while he could understand Lord Tebbitt’s antipathy towards republicans, the remarks were “shocking”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin has denounced former Conservative chairman Norman Tebbitt for saying he hoped Martin McGuinness would be shot by dis(...)

Prince Andrew, Duke of York (not pictured) shows President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins the colours of the disbanded Irish regiments at Windsor Castle yesterday. Photograph:  WPA Pool/Getty Images

No greater love hath an Irish President – even one who supports Chelsea – than to declare(...)

 President Higgins waves as he leaves after meeting with  prime minister David Cameron at Number 10. Photograph: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

The workman fiddled with the red carpet outside the door of No 10 Downing Street just minutes before President Michael D Higgins’s chauffeur-dr(...)

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