Queen meets Martin McGuinness

The Queen today has met the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and former IRA member Martin McGuinness in a historic meeting at a Belfast theatre.

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The Queen at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on a two day visit to Belfast as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The Queen acknowledges the crowd Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Her Majesty with Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson (right) at Hillsborough Castle, County Down. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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The Queen's Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland

Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh visit the new South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen. Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Queen Elizabeth II visits the new South West Acute Hospital. Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The Royals' during a walkabout in Enniskillen. Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The Royals' during a walkabout in Enniskillen. Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Archbishop praises Queen's faith

The Queen's Christian beliefs were described today as the bedrock of her "duty, devotion and service" to others throughout her 60-year reign.

In a thanksgiving service sermon to mark her Diamond Jubilee, the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Rev Alan Harper, also praised the Queen's groundbreaking visit to the Republic of Ireland last year, which dramatically advanced Anglo-Irish relations.

Her conciliatory words and gestures had allowed many to throw off the "shackles" that had been loosening since 1998's Good Friday Agreement, and to "positively" be themselves, he said.

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