Queen shakes hands with Martin McGuinness

The handshake Credit: ITV News

The Queen has shaken hands in public with Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness in a gesture of reconciliation.

Mr Guinness held the monarch's hands for a few moments, spoke to her in Irish and told her the words meant: "Goodbye and God's speed."

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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.