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.
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.