State Visit

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Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow described President Michael D Higgins’ visit as ‘historic’. Photograph: Reuters/Neil Hall

Dozens of intrigued tourists stood outside Sovereign’s Entrance in the Palace of Westminster yesterday as the Lifeguards, resp(...)

 President Michael D  Higgins and his wife Sabina with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip before the banquet  at Windsor Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Britain and Ireland shall “no longer allow our past to ensnare our future”, Queen Elizabeth said last night. In an addr(...)

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

The relationship between Ireland and the United Kingdom has achieved a closeness and warmth that once seemed unachievable, President Michael D Higg(...)

President Michael D Higgins, with his wife Sabina Coyne, at the grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey. Photograph: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

It was fitting that President Michael D Higgins took the opportunity of his address at the Palace of Westminster yesterday to acknowledge the (...)

 President Michael D. Higgins and Queen Elizabeth during the banquet held at Windsor Castle this evening. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A Shoilse Banríon, A Mhargacht Ríoga: Your Majesty, Your Royal Highness: Thank you for your kind and generous welcome and for the w(...)

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 Higgins paid tribute to the Irish parliamentarians who for more than a century represented the aspirations of the Irish people in the(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife and Sabina arrived in the Irish Embassy at Grosvenor Place in central London shortly after 10am. (...)

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 Micheal D Higgins and his wife Sabina leaving Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel yesterday for a four-day State visit to Britain.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland and Britain must deal with the pain of the past, but must not be crippled by it, President Michael D Higgins has declared on the eve of (...)

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