Queen's visit to Ireland: Day one as it happened

Key points

  • First visit by a UK monarch to the Republic
  • Massive security operation under way for the trip
  • Irish army makes safe pipe bomb on bus bound for Dublin
  • The Queen welcomed by Irish President Mary McAleese
  • The Queen has helped lay a wreath in the Garden of Remembrance
  • Republican protesters staged rallies to coincide with the visit

Join the discussion

Comment here

The BBC may edit your comments and not all emails will be published.
Your comments may be published on any BBC media worldwide.

Terms and conditions


    Welcome to the BBC's live coverage of the Queen's historic visit to the Republic of Ireland. We'll bring you all the colour and analysis from the monarch's first day of her four-day tour. She is expected at her first engagement about 1230 BST.


    While there is always a security issue wherever the Queen goes, the level for this visit is unprecedented due to the threat from dissident republicans. The Irish army has made safe what was described as a viable bomb found on a bus bound for Dublin. Irish police say up to 4,000 people are involved in security.


    Bit more on the security alert. The device was discovered on a bus outside the Glen Royal Hotel in Maynooth, County Kildare, on Monday night.

    Carol O Hanlon in Dublin

    tweets: #QueensVisit will be super for Irish tourism in the long run. She has a huge global following who will learn about Ireland and why to visit #


    This visit is historic for many reasons. Queen Elizabeth II's grandfather, King George V, was the last reigning monarch to visit the country, in 1911, when what is now the Republic was then part of the UK.


    Anglo-Irish relations were strained for decades after Ireland's War of Indepedence, and the Queen's visit has been hailed by many commentators as signalling a new era. For history buffs, Diarmaid Ferriter has examined the significance of the visit for the BBC.


    The cost of the security operation to safeguard the Queen and Prince Philip is estimated at 30m euros (\u00a326m). It includes land, air and sea patrols and a "ring of steel" around the centre of the Irish capital, where the main thoroughfare, O'Connell Street, has been closed to traffic.

    Gavan in Dublin

    The visit is without doubt a historic and important point in Anglo-Irish relations and it looks like a significant RRubicon has been crossed that will go towards healing the past and foster further the great relationships between our nations. Some of the sites chosen for the Queen to visit, although controversial, show a genuine effort to recognise the diversity that has added to our sometimes troubled past.


    In addition to the Irish police (Garda), the defence forces are also involved in the operation. In total, about 6,000 personnel have flooded the streets of Dublin.


    For the Twitterers out there, check out what our Ireland correspondent Mark Simpson and royal correspondent Peter Hunt are saying.

    Yvonne in Dublin

    Most Irish people don't like the idea of her visiting our republican memorial sites and especially the British national anthem being sung there. I think that is so insensitive, and is the biggest issue for people. There are definitely people extremely against it but otherwise people don't care for her either way and would probably prefer that she wasn't coming as the disruption to us all getting to work because of the streets being closed of is not appreciated.


    Historian Sean Duffy tells the BBC he hopes the visit will close an old chapter with Britain: "We want people to get bored with the fact that the Queen of England is coming to Ireland for it to be a none issue. And when that's the case we will have a normal relationship. Our relationship with Britain will be like it is with France and with Germany and all of the other great powers on our doorstep."

    Sheila in Dublin

    I think it's great that finally the Queen is coming to Ireland. I'm sorry that some people in Ireland are too short sighted to see this but I think for the most part she will be welcomed. Yes, it's a bit of a pain for the next four days trying to get to work but I think it's a small price to pay.


    The BBC's Mark Simpson says while the vast majority of Irish people are in favour of the Queen's visit, it has so far failed to ignite the interest of the younger generation. He says they are more interested in X Factor's Jedward, the big-haired twins who returned home from their unsuccessful Eurovision bid at the weekend.

    James Parletti in Dublin

    I think the Queen's visit is a great for the relations between Ireland and the UK - our countries are very important trading partners. Also, a lot of Irish people have family and friends in the UK - some who have had to go in search for work due to Ireland's economic situation. I will be in Dublin City centre today and I will see the Queen there today.


    While her exact intinerary remains unknown, for obvious reasons, we know that the Queen will be visiting several symbolic places, including the Garden of Remembrance and Croke Park stadium. Many commentators have remarked that she is not shying away from the controversial.


    The Garden of Remembrance commemorates those who fought for Irish independence against the British Empire. Croke Park is hallowed turf for Irish nationalists. It is the scene of one of the darkest episodes in British-Irish history, where British soldiers massacred 14 unarmed spectators at a Gaelic football match in 1920 after the IRA had killed 14 British intelligence agents.


    Today's Irish Independent offers up a bit of royal etiquette: "Do Not Touch The Queen. Don't proffer your paw unless she initiates a handshake, and for the love of God restrain from doing a Paul Keating - the Australian prime minister landed himself in all sorts of trouble in 1992 when he threw his arm around Her Majesty."

    Ieuan Phillips in Derry, Northern Ireland

    I'm fairly indifferent to most things the Queen does but I'm pleased she is able to visit Ireland. At the very least it's a recognition that the UK and Ireland are neighbours and at best, it's an opportunity to take a huge step towards normalising relations and laying some significant ghosts. It would be good if the Queen could make some token apology for some of the past atrocities as these are huge in the Irish psyche and it rankles that Britain doesn't seem to appreciate the harm it did over hundreds of years. I guess by visiting some poignant locations, she is doing just that but an explicit apology would, I think, be welcome.


    BBC Northern Ireland Newsline tweets: The army band at the Aras is warming up... Melodic sounds being carried in the breeze to our live position.


    Heavy security for Queen's visit

    Police officers on O'Connell Street in Dublin ahead of the Queen's arrival Waiting on the Queen: Dublin's O'Connell Street is lined with police officers
    Paddy Cunningham in Dublin

    tweets: Here we go... history is about to be made... hopefully for the better and not the worse #queensvisit #bettyie #dublin #ireland


    Marmaladee tweets: Never seen so many Gardai in Dublin. O'Connell Street is empty, with people on all the rooftops.


    Mary Fitzgerald tweets: Grey skies, blustery winds and drizzle at Baldonnel minutes before Queen's arrival.


    Dublindrumgirl tweets: Choppers galore in north Dublin inner city. Does this mean she's here?


    The Queen's plane has landed in Dublin, marking the start of her historic four-day tour.

    Stephen Spillane in Cork

    tweets: A Belfast born Irish President welcoming the Queen of United Kingdom. The symbolism is massive. #bettyIE #queensvisit


    Sorcha McIvor tweets: Such a big day for Ireland. Let's hope it's not ruined by a few people who do not represent the overall general Irish public.


    The Queen's plane has touched down in Ireland

    Queen's plane arrives in Dublin The plane arriving at Baldonnel Airport

    Doors opening. Irish police forming guard of honour. Steps down. What colour is she wearing?


    James Currie tweets: I hope people understand how historic this event is and how far we have all come.


    Sharon M Newman tweets: On behalf of 99pc of the population can I say 'Cead Mile Failte'.


    The Queen sets foot on Irish soil - the first monarch to do so in a century. And she's worn green for the occasion.


    After meeting dignitaries and receiving a bunch of flowers, a smiling Queen is driven off to begin her tour.

    First pictures of the Queen's arrival in Ireland First pictures of the Queen's arrival in Ireland

    A bit of who's who: The Queen received flowers from eight-year-old Rachel Fox, from Dun Laoghaire, south Dublin. The royal couple were also greeted off the plane by British Ambassador Julian King, Ireland's Ambassador to the UK Bobby McDonagh and Ireland's deputy prime minister, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore.


    The Queen and Prince Philip are on their way to meet Irish President Mary McAleese.


    Radio Ulster's Seamus McKee says the right way for Irish people to greet royalty has been a source of controversy in the past.


    Meltinn tweets: The Queen has opted for Aer Lingus green, was all very dignified.


    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has arrived at the Irish President's residence, Aras an Uachtarain, where he will meet the Queen.


    Journalist Malachai O'Doherty tells Radio Ulster it doesn't make sense to frame the Queen's visit in the context of the NI peace process because hostilities between Britain and Ireland ended in 1921.

    1217: Chris Buckler BBC News

    When the Queen arrives at Aras, the presidential palace, there will be a 21-gun salute, guard of honour and a fly-past. The Irish and British national anthems will be played - the first of many significant moments during this tour.

    Colin Reid in Dublin

    emails: I think it is a tremendous time for both countries, the Queen's visit will lift Irish spirits at a much needed time. Road closures and inconvenience don't register with the people here - excitement outweighs any negative talk. The Queen and Duke are most welcome in Ireland. I hope they enjoy their visit and let's not leave it another 100 years.


    For those interested in history, the Aras used to be the Viceroy's home - a symbol of British rule in Ireland.


    Journalist Malachai O'Doherty on Radio Ulster says Northern Ireland could be seen as the embarrassing neighbour of both countries.


    Journalist Kevin Myers says that the sense of self congratulation in the Republic is annoying as the visit should have happened years ago.

    Georgina Bloomfield from Hertfordshire

    tweets: I like the fact the Queen wore green to Ireland. Nice gesture, and was nicely welcomed.

    1223: Nicholas Witchell Royal correspondent

    The time is now right for this visit... first talked about in 1998, when [the Queen] met Irish President Mary McAleese at a WWI commemoration ceremony on the battlefields of the Somme.


    The BBC's Ken Murray says it's extraordinary to be on O'Connell Street without one taxi, truck, or bicycle going up or down it.


    Writer and broadcaster Fergal Keane says Irish people are living in the now. He tells the BBC that people do not want an apology for all the negative things that happened during English colonialism - they are more concerned about the current financial mess.


    The Queen's escort included 33 green Honda motorbikes with green, red and black tricolour flags for the Second Cavalry Squadron, representing the 32 counties of Ireland, plus one with the Union flag. At the gates leading to the Aras, the Irish Tricolour and Union flag flew side by side.


    Martin Donnellan, a former assistant Garda commissioner, tells Radio Ulster this is a bigger police operation than anything he encountered in 40 years in the Garda.


    A little pictorial reminder that not everyone in Ireland is happy about the milestone visit:

    People walk past graffiti in Dublin city centre, ahead of the royal visit by Queen Elizabeth II Graffiti in Dublin's city centre

    Still waiting for the Queen to arrive at the presidential palace. One of the monarch's first official engagements this afternoon will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin city centre which honours all those who fought for Irish freedom from British rule.

    Gemma Strachan in Dublin

    emails: There's a real buzz in the office as we saw her fly over. It is amazing that it has been 100 years since her grandfather visited! I live right next to Pheonix Park so I expect getting home from work is going to be a nightmare. But in the bigger picture, a little distruption to our everyday lives is nothing in comparison to this momentous occasion. I hope she enjoys herself.


    Outriders are now coming into the presidential palace in Phoenix Park.


    Here she comes... this really does mark the start of the four-day visit.


    The Queen meets the Irish President Mary McAleese. They have met before but this is the first time on Irish soil.


    Very bright colours for the photographers snapping this historic moment, with the president in hot pink and the Queen in green.


    The Queen meets Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.


    Taoiseach Enda Kenny, President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin talk with the Queen and Prince Phillip.


    Queen and Prince sign the visitors' book at the Irish President's residence. The hallway to the ballroom is lined with the flags of the two states.


    Irish army band plays God Save the Queen followed by the Soldiers' Song, amid a 21-gun salute.


    The Queen is inspecting the guard of honour, made up of members from the Irish defence forces.


    The Queen at the Irish president's residence

    The Queen watches a 21-gun salute The Queen watches a 21-gun salute
    Mary Joan Crowley in Rome, Italy

    emails: Watching on live streaming from my desk in Rome where I have lived since leaving Ireland in the 1980s when such an occasion as this was impossible to imagine. And as the granddaughter of a very active IRA activist in the 1920s, the hunger striker Peter Crowley, I am truly pleased and proud that this moment has come to happen.

    Davida Hamilton in West Yorkshire

    emails: How moving to watch the Queen arriving in Dublin. Wherever we lived on these Isles, for most of us the Troubles were a constant background - I would never have believed this to be possible. Miracles happen I guess.

    1257: Jon Sopel BBC News

    The main players seem very relaxed and the reception seems very warm. It was interesting that there was no bowing when the Queen met the Taoiseach - there were no subjects, everyone was equal.


    Royal commentator Margaret Holder tells Radio Ulster the visit cements Britain's friendship with Ireland.

    Shirley in the UK

    emails: This is such a healing moment for Anglo-Irish relations and all my family especially my grandparents for what they went through in the early part of the twentieth century.

    1303: James Hamilton in County Down, Northern Ireland

    emails: Politicians in NI could learn a few things from what is on our screens at the minute. This is a historic and long awaited event I am glad to witness.


    Here's a pic of the two very colourful leading ladies:

    Queen Elizabeth II and Irish President Mary McAleese The Queen has met Irish President Mary McAleese before but not on her own home soil
    1307: Chris Buckler BBC News

    The Queen is now at lunch. Some of the invited guests include John Hume and David Trimble - two politicians who were vital to the peace process in Northern Ireland. The Queen's visit marks a coming together of two states, whatever has happened in the past.


    Later this afternoon, the Queen will lay a wreath at Dublin's Garden of Remembrance in honour of people who fought for Irish independence from Britain in the early 1900s.


    Nobel peace prize winners Lord Trimble and John Hume are among the guests waiting to meet the Queen.


    BBC reporter Ken Murray says republican protesters have gathered on Dublin's Henry Street and are trying to make their way onto O'Connell Street, but Garda are holding them back.

    1315: Conor Spackman, BBC News Online

    As Dubliners mill around on their lunch break, scores of police officers look on from street corners, many stationed some miles from where the Queen is due to visit. Amid the tight security is the odd splash of Iberian colour - fans of Portuguese teams Porto and Braga are descending on the Irish capital for their teams' Europa League final.


    Danny Rea from Jordanstown School outside Belfast is one of two deaf children who rang a bell at Aras an Uachtarain after the Queen helped plant a tree.


    Many of the papers, including the Belfast Telegraph, are running comments by Morrisey. The ex-Smiths frontman, whose parents emigrated from Dublin to Manchester a year before he was born, says the monarchy is "entirely against any notion of democracy". In a letter to Dublin-based music magazine Hot Press, he calls the visit "part of a new palace PR campaign to re-invent the Windsors".

    1320: Mark Simpson BBC News

    It was one small step for the Queen - one huge moment in British-Irish history.

    It is 100 years since a British monarch has been in Ireland. Many thought a King or Queen would never be welcomed back.

    Instead, Ireland rolled out the red carpet carpet for her nearest neighbour.

    Whatever the security concerns, this has been a landmark moment in Dublin. In truth, it's one that most people living in Ireland today thought they would never see.

    Mr Jones in Dublin

    tweets: I really feel that today is the day that Ireland can finally let go of the past. #bettyie #queenvisit

    Sam Fitz

    tweets: Scuffles have broken out on O'Connell Street as gardai try to remove protesters from near the Spire.


    Irish writer and broadcaster Fergal Keane tells the BBC the Queen's upcoming visit to the Garden of Remembrance could not have been imagined when he was younger. He says it it is a sign of how far the "two islands, the peoples and governments have travelled together".


    The Queen has helped plant a tree at the Irish president's official residence. She placed the final mound of earth on the site beside the peace bell in Phoenix Park.

    The Queen planting a tree at the Irish presidential palace in Dublin The Queen took up a spade to plant the tree

    A protester wearing a "no royals' banner talks to police at Talbot Street, Dublin, as the Queen's visit continues.

    A protestor talks to police at Talbot Street, Dublin A protestor talks to police at Talbot Street, Dublin

    Political journalist Shane Coleman tells BBC Newsline the visit has gone remarkably smoothly and it is evident the Queen and President McAleese have a good relationship.


    There are hundreds of police officers on O'Connell Street, reports the BBC NI's Conor Spackman, where scuffles have been reported earlier.

    1344: Ken Murray, BBC News

    More on those scuffles between republicans and police at the junction of Henry Street and O'Connell Street in Dublin... up to 200 supporters of Eirigi - a socialist republican group opposed to the Queen's visit - engaged in taunts before being forced back down Henry Street. The protesters have now retreated to nearby Moore Street where a rally is taking place.

    1347: Mark Simpson tweets:

    How big is global media pack following Queen in Dublin? "Never seen bigger," Sun veteran snapper Arthur Edwards.

    1351: Conor Spackman, BBC News

    There is a huge security presence on Dublin's main thoroughfare. Even allowing for the people coming out of work to see what's happening, there appears to be more police officers than members of the public.


    Marching to a different tune: The daily changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace was carried out to the traditional Irish song Danny Boy in recognition of the Queen's visit to Ireland.


    Writing in the Irish Times, Irish foreign minister Eamon Gilmore and his UK counterpart William Hague describe the visit as "a stepping stone to an even closer future relationship of co-operation, trust and friendship between the peoples of our islands."


    A small protest is taking place outside the Garden of Remembrance, the Queen's next engagement.

    Protest near the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin Thousands of police are in central Dublin
    1402: Vincent Healy in Milano, Italy

    emails: The feeling in Ireland is one of utter disgust. How dare the media twist this in such a way that makes it untrue? The Queen will only be welcome when she gives back what her family stole and some. She may never get a thank you, but being Irish, we do forgive. But only when the time is right, and this is not the time!


    Final security checks are being made at the Garden of Remembrance, with TV crews being moved outside the perimeter. There have been protests near there, quite noisy but under control, reports the BBC News correspondent Daniela Relph.

    1409: Catherine Connor

    tweets: I myself am delighted about #QueensVisit & stand by John Majors comment: "It puts a seal on the past and builds for the future".


    Richard Boyd Barrett, an Irish politician representing Dun Laoghaire, plans to protest against the Queen later. He has complained about the "circus" of her visit and the cost, which he said was 30m euros.


    Mr Boyd Barrett said he had no problem with "Elizabeth Windsor coming on a fishing trip" without the hoopla surrounding a state visit, "but our government has better things to do and better things to spend their money on than this circus".

    Ciaran in Dublin

    emails: "I am indifferent, I won't be going out to see her, but I won't be protesting either. She's welcome and I hope she has a good time, but I'd also like to get about my own city!"

    Eoin Wilson

    tweets: Two Dublin buses full of dignitaries and diplomats just passed on the way to the Garden of Remembrance. Slightly bizarre sight.

    Patrick O'Donnell in Donegal, Ireland

    emails: "While the Queen coming to Ireland is a welcome sign of easing tensions and better relations, she needs to make a comment as to when Britain will cease its involvement in the north of Ireland once and for all. The Irish people should be allowed to live together freely for our common good."


    The Queen is still enjoying lunch. Before having a bite to eat, she planted a tree in the grounds of the presidential palace. She also met two deaf teenagers Danny Rea, 14, from Belfast and Leah Ennis, also 14, from Dublin, who had been chosen to ring the Peace Bell.


    Danny Rea, speaking through an interpreter, said after meeting the Queen: "I feel very proud about meeting the Queen and I'm sure my family will feel the same - it's been such an honour."


    The Peace Bell was unveiled in 2008 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.


    BBC reporter Andy Martin says O'Connell street is at a standstill awaiting the Queen. Lined both sides by Gardai and onlookers. City almost silent.

    P McDonald in County Down

    emails: "I hope that the Queen's visit will help strengthen the relationships between the two states. It's a great pity some people can't see this. Her visit to these shores is truly historic and I for one am delighted it is taking place."


    The Guardian's Nicholas Watts blogs on the important role of former PM Sir John Major in today's events. He says: "The breakthrough in Anglo-Irish relations took place under John Major and Albert Reynolds in 1993 at, of all places, the Baldonnel military airbase where the Queen was welcomed today".


    Shoe Lady tweets: Don't agree with this protest but do support people's right to protest. It's naive to think #queensvisit would go past without some protest.


    Sir John said the visit will "put a seal on the past and build for the future". Speaking to BBC2's Newsnight yesterday, he said it put a seal "on a relationship that was sour and is no longer sour".

    Via Email Peter in Belfast

    emails: "I'm thinking that it's a little too early to say that relations between Ireland and Britain are "good". However it's certainly a step in the right direction. I wish the Queen all the best during her trip."

    Anne Lennox, Irish living in London

    emails: "My grandfather fought as a teenager and in his early 20s in our War of Independence. He paid a heavy price personally, as all teenage soldiers everywhere have done for their country. I've just had a little tear for him, reflecting that this is exactly what he fought for - our right to be an equal state inviting any dignitary from any country, on our own terms."


    BBC NI political editor Mark Devenport tweets: One of the international broadcasters started talking on air about visit by Queen Elizabeth the First - now that would be historic!


    Sean Bushell tweets: Irish to get revenge on the Queen for years of torture, by making her sit through a Westlife concert tomorrow night.


    The BBC's Ken Murray reports: Since midday about 150 republicans have been chanting anti-British slogans on the streets of Dublin close to the Garden of Remembrance. Just before 1pm scuffles broke out with gardai but were quickly quelled. The protesters moved to the junction of Parnell Street and Parnell Square where they have been held back by gardai.


    Dignitaries are beginning to emerge from the president's residence after lunch with the Queen. Thirty three motorcycle outriders are poised on bikes, ready to escort her to her next engagement - the Garden of Remembrance.

    Edward in London

    emails: "The focus is rightly on the Irish reaction but as an Englishman watching from afar, I am hugely proud of the work and intentions of the Queen and hope (thankfully like many Irish) that this visit will be a catalyst in cementing the Republic as a trusted friend and ally in today's ever-divided world."


    BBC reporter Andy Martin is at the Garden of Remembrance where the Queen is due to visit shortly. Armed Gardai with binoculars are on surrounding roof tops. Pepper spray was used at a nearby protest off O'Connell street.


    The Garden of Remembrance honours those who died for Irish freedom. President McAleese will accompany the Queen.


    The Queen emerges from Aras, in a new white outfit.


    It's about a 15-minute journey for the Queen from Aras to the Garden of Remembrance.


    The Queen's motorcade drives off from Aras.


    Historian Paul Rouse tells BBC Radio Ulster the Queen's visit to the Garden of Remembrance is a key moment. He said the next hour of the visit is of critical importance.


    The Queen leaves for the Garden of Remembrance

    The Queen had changed her outfit for her next engagement after lunch The Queen changed her outfit for her next engagement after lunch

    BBC reporter Ken Murray is at a sit down protest by Eirigi at Parnell Square close to the Garden of Remembrance. He says after earlier trouble the area is quiet. The 32 County Sovereignty Movement is also to stage a protest. The Queen is due at Garden of Remembrance in about 10 minutes.


    At the Garden of Remembrance, the brass band is ready and the dignitaries are seated, with the media also waiting for the Queen's arrival. Helicopters can be heard, presumably part of the security operation.

    Eoin in Dublin

    emails: "At first I was against the Queen's visit to Ireland as I suspected a rise in violence and dissident behaviour. I am also opposed to the idea of monarchs . However now that I know what she is visiting, I am pleased, as she will pay respects to those who have died over the years and heal the old wounds between Ireland and England - hopefully bringing the countries closer politically. The only remaining problem I can think of is we are having to borrow this money because we can't afford it!"


    Journalist Tim Pat Coogan tells BBC Northen Ireland: "I think [the visit] is a triumph for Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson... There is a certain eggshell quality all around the visit. "


    Speaking on Radio Ulster, journalist Kevin Myers says the Queen going to the Garden of Remembrance is a "statement of respect for the narrative of the Irish state".


    The statue at the garden, Children of Lir, symbolises the re-birth of Ireland. The streets leading to the garden appear empty of spectators as the Queen drives through Dublin.


    Tim Pat Coogan says: "The traders of Dublin must be devastated. There isn't a euro passing a counter at the moment."


    The Queen has arrived at the Garden of Remembrance.


    The minister for justice and the Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces greet the Queen.

    Sean in Waterford, Ireland

    emails: "While I appreciate that this day inevitably had to come, I am mindful that there are still many unresolved issues between Ireland and Britain. I hope that the Queen takes this visit as a real opportunity to offer a heartfelt apology for Britain's role in Ireland, past and present."


    The Queen and President McAleese are walking along the reflecting pool.


    The Queen is greeted by Alan Shatter, the Irish defence minister.


    The Queen stands in front of the statue, with the president at her side. God Save the Queen is played.


    A laurel wreath is being laid, followed by a one-minute silence.


    The Queen stood in front of the Children of Lir statue.

    The Queen at the Garden of Remembrance The Garden of Remembrance visit is considered a key moment

    The Last Post is performed


    The Irish flag is adjusted to full mast in the garden, ahead of the Irish national anthem being played.


    Stephen Long tweets: You really can't underestimate the significance of all this. For decades we never thought this would ever happen.


    The ceremony now draws to a close, with dignitaries escorting the Queen out of the garden.


    The sound of the protesters could be heard, about 400m away from the centre of the garden. They released some black balloons during the ceremony, but have been kept well away from the Queen.


    The Queen will head to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells next.


    The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript written in Latin. It contains the four Gospels of the New Testament and was written in the year 800, or even earlier.


    Tim Pat Coogan tells BBC Northern Ireland: "Like in sport, when you see Brian O'Driscoll scoring a try. It looks easy until you try it... while this is all rather lovely, at the back of it, there is a menacing backdrop."


    The visit to Trinity College will be the Queen's final engagment on the first day of the state visit.


    One of the most controversial elements of the trip is complete, and has appeared to have run extremely smoothly, reports BBC News correspondent Daniela Relph.


    Journalist Kevin Myers says he never thought he would hear God save the Queen played at the place of tribute to men who fought against the British crown - "a moment of solemnity and beauty".

    Lucy in Dublin

    emails: "I think it's wonderful that the Queen is coming to Ireland. I moved here permanently two-and-a-half years ago and I think that this visit marks a new chapter in history whereby progress and forward-thinking are celebrated. That being said, the atmosphere is a bit nervous - you could've heard a pin drop on the train going into work this morning."


    As the Queen arrived at the garden about 200 protesters faced police. Officers in riot gear tried to push away the crowd. The words and shouts turned nasty, with fireworks, cans and bricks being thrown. The protesters were pushed to the end of the street to avoid an glimpse of the Queen.


    The Queen arrives at Trinity College.


    BBC Northen Ireland's Shane Harrison has been talking to people leaving the Garden of Remembrance. He says they have been struck by the dignity of the ceremony and how important it was.


    The former President of the Republic of Ireland, Mary Robinson, greets the Queen at Trinity College.


    The Queen is looking at the Book of Kells. Because it is 1200 years old, it is kept in a dimly-lit room to preserve it.

    Patrick in Dublin

    emails: "This is a great opportunity for both countries to forgive and forget and move forward together. As closest neighbours it is only right that we should be the closest of friends in the present and future."


    The Queen at Trinity College

    The Queen examined the Book of Kells The Queen examined the Book of Kells
    Roy Hunter in Harrogate, England

    emails: "As someone who served with the British Army in Newry, I found that ceremony very moving. I am glad it has taken place."


    Historian Paul Rouse tells BBC Radio Ulster says Trinity College is important as a cultural space through which British culture was transferred to Ireland.


    Trinity College was founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I. As Elizabeth II arrived she was cheered by students and staff.


    BBC reporter Ken Murray says the protest at Parnell Square is over.


    Republicans staged rallies in Dublin to coincide with the Queen's visit.

    Protesters and police clash in Dublin. Police and protesters clash in Dublin

    Debate on Twitter over whether the Long Hall at Trinity College was used in the making of Star Wars or Harry Potter.

    Via Twitter

    Clara Emms tweets: This #QueensVisit is impossible to look away from. Been watching it for hours now. #fingerscrosseditsallok


    Historian Paul Rouse tells Radio Ulster that Irish tourism chiefs hope the Queen's visit will see a boost in the number of UK tourists coming to the Republic. With the economic downturn, numbers have dropped in the last two to three years.

    Alex Massie in Scotland

    tweets: Suspect that UK people's view of historic import of HMQ's visit to Dublin is inversely proportional to their experience of Ireland. #bettyie


    Here's a picture of that Long Hall at Trinity College. Could it have been a film backdrop?

    The Long Hall, Trinity College Was the Long Hall used in a film?

    The Queen is now smiling and hand-shaking along a line of invited guests. Looks like she's even sharing a joke or two.


    Meanwhile, the Duke of Edinburgh is talking to the harpist, interrupting her playing.


    Trinity College alumni and fomer BBC correspondent Denis Murray said he only used the word "historic" once during his career at the BBC, on the day of the Good Friday Agreement, but today he used it again.


    There's a great number of people in the Long Hall and the Queen continues her chat with all of them. Much laughter as the duke also continues his mingling.

    Jack Horgan-Jones in Dublin

    tweets: Protest in Parnell Street. Onlookers, Gardai, media outnumbered protestors who were singing Black & Tans #bettyie

    A protest in Parnell Street, Dublin

    Here's a picture of the Queen waving as she arrives at Trinity College as a group hold aloft their mobile phones to photograph her. Not exactly a crowd, but they must have caught her attention as she stepped out of her car.

    The Queen waves when she arrives at Trinity College The Queen waves when she arrives at Trinity College
    Tom in North Wales

    texts: What is the point of a visit to another country by our monarch when the only people who will see her are politicians, police and soldiers?


    The Queen is meeting Trinity staff and students, including representatives from the sciences, medicine, arts, humanities and culture from both Trinity College and other universities.


    The Queen is viewing the Foundation Charter of Trinity College Dublin, given by Queen Elizabeth I, and a coat of arms, believed to be from the original Elizabethan building of the College.

    Maura in Dublin

    emails: As a past pupil of Trinity College Dublin and a young Irish woman, I am very proud that the Queen has visited my country and the university that has meant so much to me. I am delighted she is here and I got emotional watching the scenes from the Garden of Rememberance... it was surreal to hear 'God Save the Queen' being played by the Irish army in Aras an Uachtarain and extremely significant.


    Also on display at Trinity for the Queen is the College Harp - Ireland's oldest harp dating from the 15th Century and on which Ireland's national emblem is based.


    The Queen finally gets a bit of a sit-down, to sign the visitors book at the end of the Long Hall.


    Outside there are crowds of people, waiting behind barriers for the Queen to reappear.


    Cheering and clapping as she appears.

    Gavin Doyle in Dublin

    emails: It is a shame that the people have been kept away from the streets where Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh are travelling through. The images of empty streets lined with Gardai makes us look like a police state. It's hard to portray an image of "cead, mile failte" when the city looks like an abandoned crime scene. Here's hoping the Queen and Duke enjoy their stay in our country and that in the year 2111, our ancestors on both sides of the Irish Sea will wonder what the hulabaloo was all about.


    Rebecca Kilkelly, a fourth year French and sociology student presents a posy of flowers to the Queen.

    Rebecca's great-grandmother Alice Smyth met Queen Victoria when she visited her school in 1901.

    The bouquet has been prepared using floral cuttings from The National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin, and most of them are native to Ireland.


    The Queen stops to chat with the assembled crowd, who smile and clap as she approaches.


    And back she gets into her car, with the clapping continuing as she drives off.


    She stopped frequently. Wonder what she chatted about?

    The Queen chats to wellwishers Trinity College The Queen chats to well-wishers at Trinity College

    That's all our live event coverage for the first day of the Queen's historic visit to the Republic of Ireland. She continues her state visit on Wednesday, so please join us again for live coverage.


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.