Irish president attends Britain’s State Banquet

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Queen Elizabeth II’s speech honored the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins at a State Banquet at Windsor Castle. This is the first time an Irish president has been welcomed to Britain since the republic became independent. A former IRA commander, Martin Guinness, also attended the banquet. The Queen said during her speech that Britain and Ireland shall “no longer allow our past to ensnare our future”.