May 18 - Queen Elizabeth lays a wreath for Ireland's war dead as part of the first state visit by a British monarch since Ireland won its independence from London in 1921. Travis Brecher reports.
Queen Elizabeth lays a wreath at Dublin's Islandbridge War memorial - in memory of Ireland's war dead. The ceremony was also attended by Irish President Mary McAleese and Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson - and comes as part of the first visit to the country by the British matriarch. The Queen arrived in Ireland on Tuesday; it's the first official visit by a British monarch since Ireland won its independence in 1921. The trip is designed to show how warm neighbourly relations have replaced centuries of animosity. A 1998 deal ending Irish nationalists' guerilla war against British rule of Northern Ireland paved the way for the four-day visit - but threats from militant republican groups opposed to the peace process have kept the city on high alert. Amid tight security, a homemade bomb was found on a bus yesterday ahead of the Queen's arrival. Travis Brecher, Reuters