Thursday, May 19, 2011

Queen Elizabeth historic visit to Ireland - Day Two (part one) - Visit to Government Buildings

As part of her visit to Ireland, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II today visited Government Buildings to meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Btw, Taoiseach is the head of government or prime minister of Ireland. Enda Kenny was appointed only two months ago, in March 2011.

Here with Prince Philip and Fionnuala Kenny.

According to wikipedia, at its origins, this building that was to become Government Buildings was the last major public building built under British rule in Ireland. The foundation stone for the building was laid by King Edward VII in 1904. It was built on the site of a row of Georgian houses that were being controversially demolished one by one as the new building was erected. The building itself was designed by Sir Aston Webb, a British architect who was later to redesign the facade of Buckingham Palace. The final completed building was opened by King George V in 1911.