Tuesday, June 26, 2012
our Sovereign Lady is a far better Christian than I. She will shake the hand of a man whose organization murdered her uncle, Lord Mountbateen and many of her subjects. HM is in Eniskillen today, a city where an ira atrocity occurred. I commend HM for this act of reconciliation. I hope there is a lot of security around when HM meets the terrorist. The Queen has been greeted by cheering crowds in Enniskillen at the start of a historic two-day Diamond Jubilee tour of Northern Ireland which will also include a meeting with former IRA commander Martin McGuinness. The Queen is expected to shake hands tomorrow with the Stormont deputy first minister in a gesture which will herald another milestone in Anglo-Irish relations following the monarch's first visit to the Republic of Ireland last year. Like previous royal visits to Northern Ireland very few details about the itinerary have been officially released due to security concerns. But for the first time in more than 40 years, the public was told in advance which towns the Queen would be visiting, meaning flag-waving crowds were lining the streets to welcome her. Although her meeting with Mr McGuinness, who was a senior member of the IRA when it murderered the Duke of Edinburgh's uncle Earl Mountbatten in 1979, will be the focal point of the visit, her trip to Enniskillen is also laden with significance.