Smiling widely, the Queen stepped down from her plane to begin a trip 100 years in the making.
Suitably dressed in green, she became the first reigning monarch to set foot in the Irish Republic.
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Every footstep signalled a building of bridges – the beginning of a new era in British-Irish relations.
As Her Majesty greeted officials, she was joined by her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.
The royal couple were conveyed to the impressive official residence of President Mary McAleese in Phoenix Park, Dublin, where they were to be officially welcomed to the Republic.
In 1911 George V,