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Old 04-08-2014, 11:17 AM
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:50 AM
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The State Visit of President Higgins to the UK
Live coverage of the state banquet at Windsor castle, where the President will give a speech- 8:25pm UK Time-

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have greeted the President and Mrs Higgins at the Irish Embassy on behalf of the Queen. They spent some time inside talking before leaving for Windsor Castle, where the President will meet Her Royal Highness the Queen.
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The President and Mrs Higgins, accompanied by Prince Charles and Camilla, have arrived at Datchet Road, Windsor, where they received a Royal Salute and welcome by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh before the State Drive up to Windsor Castle. Once inside Windsor Castle, the President Inspected the Guards with The Duke of Edinburgh, and gave a new coat to the Irish Guards mascot. The visit marks the first state visit by an Irish head of state to the United Kingdom-
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:22 PM
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I hope Windsor Castle has laid out the long-handled spoons tonight...
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:26 PM
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I'm just not getting the 'historic' aspect here. Mr Higgins has visited the UK several times since becoming President. This is just a normal state visit the same as for any other country. This one's just a bit fancier than his previous visits.

The really historic one was when the Queen went the other way, particularly given the very high threat to her life while in the Irish Republic.

Before anyone complains, I was born and raised in Northern Ireland, although I've lived away from the province for going on 6 years now. I know the issues between the Irish and the British as well as anyone.

On a lighter note, I didn't think there was a shorter head of state than the Queen, but apparently I was wrong!
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In some ways that is probably the way both countries would like us to think. Its historical and important because its a 'first' but I think IMO most people in both countries probably don't see it as necessarily a show stopping historical, important event. But then again that is one of the reasons why its been able to take place now.
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:38 PM
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As usual, the British hosts have displayed a fantastic ceremonial and splendour. They are among the best.
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Old 04-08-2014, 01:16 PM
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As usual, the British hosts have displayed a fantastic ceremonial and splendour. They are among the best.
I have to say that no other country does pomp like the British Royals do.
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Old 04-08-2014, 02:19 PM
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Oh it's a superb State Visit! Very much looking forward to seeing images and footage of the banquette and speeches! I was agog with excitement when the Queen visited Ireland and hopefully BBC News will do live reporting!
I might add that it seems strange that the President of Ireland is gentleman, I've was so used to it being a lady!
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Close up of what SAbina Coyne was wearing when arriving at Windsor and it looks very good. So plain from a distance but close up, lots of workmanship

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Old 04-08-2014, 03:13 PM
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Live Coverage of the Irish State Visit Banquet at Windsor Castle:
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As usual Dman, thank you for the links !
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For those of you who love Irish humour (that's me!) this quote on Twitter from a Times reporter

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Irish press awed by all the horsey pageantry at Windsor Castle: "All we gave her was a couple sausage rolls+a handshake!"
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The Queen is rocking her Cambridge Emeralds. The Queen seems to be suffering from a cold.
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The Queen is rocking her Cambridge Emeralds. The Queen seems to be suffering from a cold.
and her Delhi Durbar necklace - just wonderful
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Old 04-08-2014, 04:00 PM
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We can say that President Higgins is a brilliant speaker !
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Stunning pics. Camilla is wearing the dress she wore to the Dutch Inauguration last year.
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Queen: it took someone of Irish descent, Danny Boyle, to get me to jump from a helicopter. #IrishStateVisit

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Search - Getty Images UK: irish state banquet

more pictures of the State Banquet, see who you can spot!! lol
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I've just watched the BBC excerpts of today's (or yesterday's for me) ceremonies.

It was a lovely tribute by the Queen to wear emeralds as Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle.

I haven't heard President Higgins' speech at the banquet but the line from the Queen's speech that struck me was her comment that we must strike a balance between looking back at what cannot be changed and looking forward. An apt comment given Anglo-Irish history.

Just as it was symbolic gesture that the Queen visited Croke Park during her visit to Ireland, it was a nice gesture by the President to go to the plaque in honour of Lord Mountbatten while at Westminster Abbey.

I'm looking forward to more coverage throughout the week.
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Close up of what SAbina Coyne was wearing when arriving at Windsor and it looks very good. So plain from a distance but close up, lots of workmanship

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Sabina Coyne-Higgins outfit was by Louise Kennedy.
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