Other tough hosting duties faced by the Queen

The historic handshake planned between the Queen and Martin McGuinness is not the only tough meeting for the Queen.

After 60 years our Queen has:

  • Made over 300 state visits abroad.
  • Around 25,000 visits around Britain to greet, meet, open and tour events or buildings.
  • Hosted more than 100 state banquets for foreign heads of state, including Robert Mugabe and Nicolae Ceausescu.
  • Conferred 400,000 honours.
  • Dealt with around 150 prime ministers in Britain and the Commonwealth.
  • Received 3.5m pieces of correspondence.

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McGuinness to meet Queen

Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness will meet the Queen next week and shake hands in an historic first for the Northern Ireland peace process, the party has confirmed.