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Old 04-08-2014, 07:43 PM
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Irish and British becoming 'even better friends' - RTÉ News

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Higgins says Ireland and the UK have ‘gained strength’ from one another - Political News | Irish & International Politics | The Irish Times - Tue, Apr 08, 2014
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Old 04-08-2014, 07:47 PM
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I think the Queen rode in the Australian state coach. Could be wrong.

Much as I think she looks great in the Boucheron Honeycomb, which I think she's really made her own, I'd love to see Camilla in the Delhi Durbar again, just to change things up.
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I think the Queen rode in the Australian state coach. Could be wrong.

Much as I think she looks great in the Boucheron Honeycomb, which I think she's really made her own, I'd love to see Camilla in the Delhi Durbar again, just to change things up.
You are correct (according to the Guardian) and I have edited my post to correct it.

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Old 04-08-2014, 08:17 PM
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I'm just glad that we got a chance to see the State Banquet tonight. I liked watching the guest gather in St George's Hall and find they're seats. I'm also glad that we got a chance to see The Queen, President and members of the royal family's procession into the Hall for the Banquet.

If only we can get them to continue to do this for other State Banquets, including the one that's coming up in October.
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:27 PM
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You are correct (according to the Guardian) and I have edited my post to correct it.

Thank you.
The only reason I noticed is that the Australian coach is probably my favourite of the closed carriages, apart from the Gold State Coach which we we almost never see, so I'm always glad to see it! The Australian is a true work of art in every respect.
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The Australian is the most comfy of all the state carriages. The gold state coach is apparently the worst to ride in which is probably why it wasn't used for the diamond jubilee.
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The Australian is the most comfy of all the state carriages. The gold state coach is apparently the worst to ride in which is probably why it wasn't used for the diamond jubilee.
It was nice to see the Australian State Coach being used. It is relatively new, only dating back to our Bicentennary in 1988. It has electric windows, heating, and hydraulic stabilisers. A warm and comfy ride. Australian State Coach - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Wow, can that convert to a car, Roslyn? I'd love to drive a spiffy vehicle like that!
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Did any dog lovers see any details on the new coat the Higgins gave Domhnall the Irish wolfhound with the Irish guards? I tried to find a picture to see if it was anything special - but no luck. Anyone else hear anything about this?

Edit - I found a story about it. A nice story that goes back to a gift in 1973.
http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakin...at-627294.html
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I would think the coat is just a new version of the red coat he was sporting on St Patrick's Day.
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I noticed Daniel Day Lewis & Sir Terry Wogan among the guests at the State Banquet.

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Full text of Queen’s speech to State Banquet - Political News | Irish & International Politics | The Irish Times - Tue, Apr 08, 2014
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I noticed Daniel Day Lewis & Sir Terry Wogan among the guests at the State Banquet.

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Full text of Queen’s speech to State Banquet - Political News | Irish & International Politics | The Irish Times - Tue, Apr 08, 2014
Also Dame Judi Dench and Brian O'Driscoll.
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From Brian O'Driscoll to Wogan to Martin McGuinness: An amazing guestlist at the Windsor banquet | Mail Online

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The Australian is the most comfy of all the state carriages. The gold state coach is apparently the worst to ride in which is probably why it wasn't used for the diamond jubilee.

Hadnt it been much more appropriate to use the Irish State coach instead? Its also a closed one and looks very much like the australian.
But perhaps this might not have been received as a gesture of hospitality, but of offence...?
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The most improbable juxtaposition happened in 2007 when the Reverend Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness agreed to serve as Northern Ireland's First Minister and Deputy First Minister respectively, having spent the previous 35 years denouncing each other.

It was probably this, more than any other single event, that paved the way eventually for the Republican Tricolour to fly at Windsor.
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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!
Umm...I'm not quite sure what you mean.

In 1992, I was in Belfast and took a photo of Irish President Mary Robinson's car as she arrived on a visit to the city; and the man next to me was so annoyed with me he shook his fist at me.
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Hadnt it been much more appropriate to use the Irish State coach instead? Its also a closed one and looks very much like the australian.
But perhaps this might not have been received as a gesture of hospitality, but of offence...?
The Australian coach is much newer from 1988 as poster Roslyn pointed out earlier. The Irish coach is from 1851. The ride in the Australian is more comfortable due to the hydraulic stabilizers it has that's why they often use it in these kind of events. Plus the Queen and the President aren't the youngest people so they went with comfort over it's the Irish coach for the Irish.
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I noticed Daniel Day Lewis & Sir Terry Wogan among the guests at the State Banquet. Queen's Speech
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Thanks for the link. It's a lovely speech. QEII's speeches tend to evoke visual memories for me - and that's a lovely ability for a speechwriter to have.
The joke: "it took someone of Irish descent, Danny Boyle, to get me to jump from a helicopter."
The pain: "After so much chequered history, the avoidable and regrettable pain of which is still felt by many of us, this goal is now within reach."
The toast: 'I ask you to rise and drink a toast to the President and Mrs. Higgins and to the health and prosperity of the people of Ireland."
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Zimbio has a nice gallery for today, already.
DOY as tour guide: http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/M...TpRupkLoGl.jpg

On the stairs: http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/M...x2L6r-fd7l.jpg

Whomever the pool photographer was for the Windsor Castle tour was - he/she really worked the angles!

At #10 (Higgins smile in this is evident from behind, mind you) http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/M...Tdwas2ITAl.jpg

Sabina and Michael: http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/S...CXhBbvqjhl.jpg
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Dressed in his evening finery, Martin McGuinness arrived at Windsor last night for dinner with the Queen.
But as his limousine swept through the castle gates, he was greeted by the grief-stricken face of the father of an Omagh bomb victim. Victor Barker spelt out exactly why he felt the former IRA chief had no place at the state banquet.
His placard read: A terrorist in a white tie and tails is still a terrorist Martin McGuiness [sic] time to tell the truth.
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