I think it's a wonderful day for both countries, and hope it will be the start of a new future for us as neighbours. I think, in all the photos I've seen, the Queen is smiling broadly and looks really, genuinely happy to be here.
Some think it's too early in the "peace process" for this visit- I disagree. I think Queen Elizabeth is very brave to undertake it, and I think we should welcome her with open arms. I commend our President, Mary Mc Aleese, and her husband Dr. Martin Mc Aleese, who have worked so hard building bridges towards peace on this island.
A tiny minority set out to cause trouble, but so far, the Gardai have done a fantastic job of keeping them at bay. They do not represent the majority, who fully support this visit.
Even though people will not get to shake hands with Her Majesty, because of stringent security precautions, everyone I know is delighted with this visit. The most important thing is that it is taking place, and that our visitors are safe and enjoy their first visit. We're happy to wait till next time, or another time, for the hand-shaking.
And finally, I'm very late with this, but I also want to say that I really enjoyed watching this beautiful couple!
(photo from Daily Mail)
I loved the pomp, ceremony, fashion (though not some of the hats).
Most of all, I loved that Kate Middleton did her own make-up!
On her wedding day! even I didn't do that, and I had only a handful of people watching me, not 2 billion! She definitely won me over with that act!