On May 17th Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived for a four day State visit to Ireland. This was the first time Queen Elizabeth had visited the Republic and the first time a British Monarch had done so since Queen Elizabeth's grandfather, King George V, in 1911.
President Mary McAleese hosted a State Dinner for the Queen and Duke in Dublin Castle on the evening of May 18th. Also in attendence were Taoiseach Enda Kenny, British Prime Minister David Cameron, British Foreign Secetary William Hague and the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore.
During the banquet the Queen gave a landmark speech on Anglo-Irish relations.