Irish President meets Queen and Prince Philip in Windsor

The Irish President, Michael Higgins, has met the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh today at Windsor Castle.

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Irish President praises 'warm friendship' with UK

Irish president Michael Higgins addresses Parliament

Ireland's President Michael Higgins today praised the "warm friendship" with the UK as he became the first Irish head of state to address the House of Parliament.

Foreign Secretary William Hague shares a joke with Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and David Cameron before Michael Higgins' speech

Mr Higgins said the links between the two countries were now "strong and resolute" and there was now "mutual respect" despite historical differences.

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Queen and Irish President view Royal collection

The Queen and the Irish President Micheal D Higgens have been viewing Irish items in the Royal collection in Windsor as part of the historic state visit.

President Higgins will address the Houses of Parliament later this afternoon, before the royal banquet this evening.

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Queen and President observe Irish anthem at Windsor

The Queen and the President of Ireland stood side by side to observe the Irish Anthem being played by a military band in Windsor, during the first visit to the UK by an Irish head of state.

The anthem was played after the President Higgins and Michael Higgins were honoured with two separate gun salutes, and Mr Higgins and Philip inspected troops of the Queen's Company, Genadier Guards.

Major Andrew Seddon, captain of the Queen's Company Grenadier Guards, invited Mr Higgins to inspect the guard of honour, speaking to him in Irish. The Irish Guards was represented by their regimental band as the troops are currently on peacekeeping duties in Cyprus.

President Higgins presented a new ceremonial red coat to its regimental mascot, an Irish wolfhound called Domhnall of Shantamon.

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Queen greets Irish President at Windsor Castle

The President and the Prince of Wales entering Windsor. Credit: ITV News
The Queen and the Irish President Higgins Credit: ITV News
The Queen and the Irish President Higgins Credit: ITV News
The Queen greets Mrs Higgins. Credit: ITV News
The President and the Queen meet officials at Windsor Castle. Credit: ITV News

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Irish flag hangs outside Windsor Castle as crowds gather

The Irish flag is hanging outside Windsor Castle as the Queen prepares to welcome the Irish President for the first state visit in history.

The Irish flag hangs outside Windsor Castle as crowds begin to form. Credit: ITV News

Crowds have started to gather along the route, ahead of Micheal D Higgins' momentous meeting with the Queen.

Although President Higgins has travelled to events in London, Manchester, Liverpool and Scotland last year, these were not official visits.

Crowds have already started to gather at Windsor ahead of today's state visit. Credit: ITV news

Today's ceremonial visit will begin at the Irish Embassy, when the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will greet The President and Mrs Higgins, on behalf on the Queen.

They will then journey together to Windsor.

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Irish President: Visit is not about 'wiping the slate clean'

Irish President Michael D Higgins said today's historic state visit to the UK was not about "forgetting the past" or "wiping the slate clean" but about focusing on the present and building future relations. It is the first official state visit from Ireland to its former colonial ruler.

Irish President Michael D Higgins receiving a military welcome yesterday. Credit: Press Association

Speaking to Irish state broadcaster RTE he said progress should not be about forgetting the past.

"The challenge is to hand to a future generation all of the prospects of the future. You are not inviting them to an amnesia about any deep dispute.

"There are a lot of very difficult memories and it would be to my mind wrong to suggest to anyone that you should as it were, wipe the slate clean."

The President will be joined on the trip by Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore.

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