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March 23, 2023

Queen Elizabeth in Northern Ireland for two-day visit

The Queen has attended a service of thanksgiving in Northern Ireland during a two-day visit as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. Thousands of people lined the streets to welcome the Queen and Prince Philip to Enniskillen, County Fermanagh on Tuesday, BBC reports. They attended a service to mark the Queen’s 60-year reign. The royal flight was delayed for about an hour due to bad weather.The Queen’s itinerary will also include a meeting with former IRA leader and NI’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.NI Secretary Owen Paterson, who is accompanying Her Majesty during her trip, previously said her Stormont visit would have been “unthinkable” years ago. The service of thanksgiving at St Macartin’s Cathedral in Enniskillen was attended by more than 700 people including senior Protestant and Catholic clergy. Twenty-five years on, the Queen will meet Sinn Fein’s Mr McGuinness on day two of her visit, at an arts event in Belfast. Ireland’s head of state President Michael D Higgins and Stormont First Minister Peter Robinson will also be there.

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