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Queen's Irish visit makes history.

Summary: The Queen arrived in Dublin on Tuesday as police mounted the biggest ever security operation in the history of the Irish state.

The Queen arrived in Dublin on Tuesday as police mounted the biggest ever security operation in the history of the Irish state.

The Royal flight touched down just before midday for the start of an historic four-day visit, the first by a British monarch to the Irish Republic in 100 years, which signals a new era in Anglo-Irish relations.

The sovereign - wearing a green hat and coat - and the Duke of Edinburgh were escorted down the red carpet at Baldonnel aerodrome to a motorcade, past an Irish Air Corps guard of honour to accept flowers from eight-year-old Rachel Fox, from Dun Laoghaire, south Dublin.

The Royal couple were also greeted off the plane by British Ambassador Julian King, Ireland's Ambassador to the UK, Bobby McDonagh and Ireland's deputy prime minister, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore.

The Royal couple were then driven to President Mary McAleese's residence in the Phoenix Park, Aras an Uachtarain, for a ceremonial welcome.

The escort included 33 green Honda motorbikes with green, red and black tricolour flags for the Second Cavalry Squadron, representing the 32 counties of Ireland, plus one with the Union flag.

One of the monarch's first official engagements will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin city centre which honours all those who fought for Irish freedom from British rule.

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Date:May 19, 2011
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