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Queen answers Irish bid to turn Buckingham Palace green

'Moulin Vert'
Image caption Some of the world's most famous sights will be going green on 17 March
Sydney Opera House gone green
Image caption The greening of landmarks around the world is becoming a tradition across the world with the encouragement of Tourism Ireland
Green London Eye
Image caption The London Eye has gone green in previous years
Prince's Palace in Monaco gone green
Image caption The Prince's Palace in Monaco will join in the tradition again for St Patrick's Day 2013
Image caption The Queen has not given permission for a changing of the colour at her official London residence
A computer mock-up of Buckingham Palace gone green
Image caption If she had, the result might have looked a little like this computer mock-up

Irish tourism chiefs who asked the Queen for a Saint Patrick's Day favour have received their answer.

They had asked the monarch to turn Buckingham Palace emerald green on the Irish national holiday.

The request is part of a campaign which sees some of world's landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House and the pyramids, turn green on 17 March.

However, the Queen has decided not to give permission for a change of colour for her official London residence.

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said the organisation had received a "lovely letter" from Buckingham Palace.

"Her Majesty has sent 'good wishes to all those in Tourism Ireland working hard to promote the many attractions of Ireland north and south'," Mr Gibbons said on Twitter.

"While not lighting green on 17 March, the Queen's 'special affection for Ireland' (was) noted."

Global landmarks that are going green on 17 March include Niagara Falls, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Burj al Arab in Dubai, Table Mountain in South Africa, New York's Empire State Building and Berlin's TV Tower.

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