Queen expresses sympathy for victims of Anglo-Irish troubles

18th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Queen Elizabeth II extended her "deep sympathy" to all those who have suffered in the turbulent intertwined history of Britain and Ireland, in the keynote speech Wednesday of her historic state visit here.

The first British monarch to visit the Republic since it won its independence from London in 1922 said the two countries were now "firm friends and equal partners" at a state banquet at Dublin Castle, the former seat of British colonial power.

"It is a sad and regrettable reality that through history our islands have experienced more than their fair share of heartache, turbulence and loss," the 85-year-old sovereign said.

"These events have touched us all, many of us personally, and are a painful legacy. We can never forget those who have died or been injured, and their families.

"To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy.

"With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all."

© 2011 AFP

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