The Queen in Ireland: highlights of historical Ireland trip

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The Telegraph
The Queen's first formal event will be a meeting and tree planting ceremony with Irish president Mary McAleese at her official residence. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will arrive with an army escort of honour featuring 33 motorcycles, a 21-gun salute and an Air Corps fly-past. The Queen will plant an Irish oak tree beside the Peace Bell, which is supported by two oak trunks, one from Co Antrim and one from Co Dublin. The bell was commissioned to mark the 10th anniversary of the Peace Agreement. The striking residence is known as the Irish White House and every notable visiting head of state is invited to plant a tree in the grounds. The largest tree is Queen Victoria's tree, planted in 1861. President Barack Obama is expected to plant a tree beside the Queen's during his visit next week, and President McAleese will plant a third tree at the site before she leaves the residence at the end of the year, marking the efforts of three nations to secure a lasting peace in Ireland.

The Queen in Ireland: highlights of historical Ireland trip - Telegraph

The Queen in Ireland: bomb found on bus hours before historic state visit

A bomb has been found close to Dublin just hours before the Queen's historic state visit to Ireland in the wake of a threat by dissident republicans.
The Queen in Ireland: bomb found on bus hours before historic state visit - Telegraph
 
#2
how exciting cant belive it. i really thought all the hard work done. and still people cant move on do i really want to bring my child up where the country is beautiful but the people are evil
 

skid2

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#6
No, he's right we really are evil. I have searched my soul in the last twenty minutes and found it to be the heart of darkness. The dog too not even a year old and utterly depraved. Moving back to Belfast for a couple of days, it's not as pretty there maybe by the weekend we'll be nicer.
 
#7
There's been a mixed reception to Queen Elizabeth II's visit to the Irish Republic.

Most were hoping for a King Edward.
 
#8
Well my friend works at the Irish National Stud and they are all thrilled and really excited about the visit...guess I just have nice friends....
 
#10
how exciting cant belive it. i really thought all the hard work done. and still people cant move on do i really want to bring my child up where the country is beautiful but the people are evil
I do not believe that the Irish are evil. On the whole the Irish are good folks but have a few ****-whits. Just the same as the rest of the British isles/humanity in general.
 
#11
No, he's right we really are evil. I have searched my soul in the last twenty minutes and found it to be the heart of darkness. The dog too not even a year old and utterly depraved. Moving back to Belfast for a couple of days, it's not as pretty there maybe by the weekend we'll be nicer.
Not evil at all.

Criminally insane? Yes, without a doubt a totally deranged society.
 
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how exciting cant belive it. i really thought all the hard work done. and still people cant move on do i really want to bring my child up where the country is beautiful but the people are evil
Would that be all of us/most of us/some of us?
 
#15
Some piss poor drill on display. Sloppy as ****!
 

skid2

LE
Book Reviewer
#16
Is it just me or did the IDF band put a bit more welly into the Soldiers Song than God save the Queen?

Wait until michaelhenry finds out theres a couple of squads of armed Brits running around Dublin.He'll have a fit.
 
#17
Why is Her Maj visiting the Garden of Remembrance. A Garden that remembers a bunch of terrorist scumbags that killed British soldiers? I don't care in what cause they did it.

I visit Ireland often and love the place. I just can't for the life of me understand why the commander-in-chief of the British Armed Forces would lay a wreath to people who killed HER soldiers. Well, her grandfathers(?) soldiers.

I also wonder what Cameron/ the Queen (forced by Cameron) will apoligise for.
 
#18
Some piss poor drill on display. Sloppy as ****!
I've already had a telephone call from Gallowglass Père on that very subject - in mitigation, they are Air Corps (still no excuse though).

Holding out more hope for the 21 gun salute from the Gunners. Escort from 2nd Cavalry Squadron is commanded by a female.
 
#19
The Irish matelots certainly "catch the wind" easily. The general impression I got was that the participants were half-arsed about the whole thing.
 
#20
in the Irish DF's defence - any drill with a weapon that is slung to your body is going to look absolute pants but this is down to the weapon and not those trying to do anything with it - unless of course they binned the sling and re-wrote the drill manual which i think needs to be done.

court mounted medals would have looked much better but again this is not the done thing over there.

i think they did a pretty decent job and the Queen seemed happy anyhow.
 

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