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An Historic visit: The Queen in Ireland

Though peace has come to Northern Ireland in the present, much work remains to be done between Ireland and Britain in the future. Into that hopeful but uncertain present stepped Queen Elizabeth II, making the first Royal visit to Ireland in her near 60-year reign. The historic four-day visit turned a new page in the relationship. Security was tight as bomb threats marked the beginning of the visit, and protesters made their presence felt. Republicans and unionists will take up the dialogue anew. -- Paula Nelson (37 photos total)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip disembark from an aircraft as they arrive at Baldonnel Aerodrome near Dublin, Ireland. It is the first time since the 1911 visit by King George V and Queen Mary that a British monarch has set foot on Irish soil, making it an historically significant event. May 17, 2011. (Tim Rooke/Reuters)
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