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Irish President meets PM on day two of historic visit

Irish President Michael D Higgins met Prime Minister David Cameron in Downing Street today as he began day two of his state visit to Britain.

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Queen: Our past won't ensnare future

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and Queen Elizabeth II. Credit: PA

The Queen has said that Britain and Ireland shall "no longer allow our past to ensnare our future" at a historic state banquet in honour of President Michael D Higgins.

In her speech, in front of the political elite and stars including Daniel Day-Lewis, Dame Judi Dench and Irish rugby hero Brian O'Driscoll, the Queen said the goal of modern British-Irish relations can be "simply stated".

She said: "It is that we, who inhabit these islands, should live together as neighbours and friends. Respectful of each other's nationhood, sovereignty and traditions.

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