Actually it will be the first State Visit by a British Monarch to the Irish Republic. Since the Republic of Ireland only came into existence in 1949. Whilst I accept that the reporting of our Sovereign Lady visiting the Southern Ireland* state now known as Éire§ or Ireland is going to be a sensitive one, it is surely better to treat things more accurately – for instance…
The Queen is to pay a state visit to the
Irish RepublicÉire (Ireland) this year, the first ever by a British monarch for a century,Buckingham Palace has announced. Ireland became a republic in 1949
Personally I am wondering whether Her Majesty will bring the Irish State Coach to use in Dublin, and which flag we will see being flown on any car that Her Majsty may use instead. Perhaps we will see someone being admitted to the Most Illustrious Order of St Patrick?
Will Her Majesty wear the riband of the Order of St Patrick at any State Dinner?
* See 10 & 11 Geo. 5 c. 67. section 1
Airteagal 4. Éire is ainm don Stát nó, sa Sacs-Bhéarla, Ireland
Article 4 – The name of the State is Éire, or, in the English language, Ireland.