Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has verified that he will meet with Her Majesty when she visits Northern Ireland at the end of the month.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will visit Northern Ireland 23rd through 25th June. Details from Buckingham Palace will be forthcoming.
The former IRA leader met The Queen and Prince Philip in Belfast for the first time, two years ago. This past April, Mr McGuinness joined in toasting Her Majesty at a banquet in Windsor Castle during President Michael D Higgins’s state visit to Britain.
“In my capacity as Deputy First Minister and as a representative of all our people I will be meeting with Queen Elizabeth,” stated McGuinness.
“The visit by Queen Elizabeth is an opportunity to demonstrate mutual respect and to further build on the process of reconciliation,” he included.
Earlier this month, Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers commented: “This will be a wonderful opportunity to show her majesty and his royal highness some of the best that Northern Ireland has to offer and demonstrate the work being done to bring different parts of the community together and build a more prosperous future.”
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