Thursday, May 19, 2011

Queen Elizabeth in Ireland - Day Two (part three) - Wreath laying ceremony at Irish War Memorial Garden

The next step of the journey took the Queen and Prince Philip to the Irish War Memorial Garden in Islandbridge. 

The Queen, dressed in a white and turquoise hat and a matching coat of swiss wool, paid a solemn tribute to Ireland's war dead, laying a wreath of poppies at the memorial in Dublin.

The memorial - now in pristine condition - was derelict for a long time because of the contempt felt towards those who had fought in the name of the crown.

Both the president, Mary McAleese and Queen Elizabeth performed a wreath laying ceremony.