A royal encounter: space, spectacle and the Queen's visit to Ireland 2011

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This commentary reflects on the first official visit made by a British monarch to Ireland since its independence. Focusing on three key moments of Queen Elizabeth's itinerary – the Garden of Remembrance, the Irish National War Memorial, Islandbridge, and the state banquet, Dublin Castle – I suggest that efforts to simultaneously honour rebels/soldiers in acts of public remembrance sought to re‐position the past between these two islands in ways which recognised conflict but also aspired towards reconciled understandings of how that past could be more peacefully calibrated.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4959.2011.00454.x

Affiliations: School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen's University, Belfast BT7 1NN,

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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