Queen to make first visit by British royal to Ireland
Queen Elizabeth II will visit Ireland this year, her office announced Friday, making her the first British monarch to visit the country since independence.
"The Queen has been pleased to accept an invitation from the president of Ireland to pay a state visit to Ireland this year. The Queen will be accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh," said a statement from Buckingham Palace.
The last visit to Ireland by a reigning British monarch was by King George V in 1911, a decade before Ireland won independence from Britain.
In a statement from Dublin, the Irish government welcomed confirmation of the visit, saying it "will mark a further improvement in the very good relations between Ireland and the United Kingdom".
Further details, including dates and venues, will be issued later.
© 2011 AFP