Britain's Queen Bids Farewell to Irish President

President Michael Higgins, the first Irish head of state to make a state visit to Britain, has been given an official farewell at the Windsor Castle on Friday by Britain's Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. Higgins, whose office is largely ceremonial, shook hands with the Queen at the Windsor Castle courtyard with guards of honour standing to attention nearby. Higgins' visit crowns a big improvement in historically fraught relations between Dublin and its former colonial master.

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