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article imageQueen Elizabeth II set to visit Republic of Ireland amid protests

By Leo Reyes     May 15, 2011 in Politics
Queen Elizabeth II of England is set to visit Republic of Ireland Tuesday amid protests from republican paramilitary and other splinters groups opposed to the visit of the Queen and Prince Philip.
At least 10,000 security forces will be deployed during the four-day state visit by the British Monarch to ensure the safety of the Queen and her entourage.
The state visit of the queen will be followed by another state visit by US President Barack Obama who is scheduled to arrive in Dublin just about a week after the visit of the British Monarch.
"The Real IRA paramilitary splinter group said the queen was wanted for "war crimes" and was "not wanted on Irish soil", threatening to ensure that she and "her cheerleaders get that message", AFP/Inquirer.net reports.
However, in a survey made on the proposed state visit of the Queen, majority of the respondents were not opposed to the visit.
The British Monarch's itinerary includes a laying of the wreaths at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin, dedicated to those who died fighting for Irish freedom.
After the welcoming address President Mary McAleese and wreath-laying ceremonies, the Queen will visit Coke Park Stadium, the site of a reprisal attack when British forces shot 14 people in 1920 which was considered a key moment in Ireland's struggle for independence.
The Queen will also visit the popular Guinness brewery, the national stud and a traditional market.
British Ambassador Julian King said the queen and her husband were “very much looking forward to their visit" to Ireland.
“The invitation symbolises how far the relationship between the two countries has come in recent years; the strength of our economic and political ties; and the progress that has been made in Northern Ireland,” he said.
“The visit will provide an excellent opportunity to celebrate this, and build on the rich and varied links that exist across these islands.”
The visit is the first by a British Monarch since independence in 1922.
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