The Irish flag is hanging outside Windsor Castle as the Queen prepares to welcome the Irish President for the first state visit in history.
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.
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.
Michael Higgins is the first Irish President to make a state visit to the UK, ending the day with a state banquet at Windsor Castle.
Today's historic visit is a symbolic ending to the painful separation of British and Irish states, but 3000 unsolved murders remain.