Why Queen's handshake with Martin McGuinness is historic

  • 27 June 2012
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Watch our report on the Queen's historic handshake

The Queen has met with the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness for an incredibly important handshake.

She is used to shaking the hands of many world leaders, celebrities and members of the public. But this time it's very different.

As part of the second day of her trip to Northern Ireland she shook Mr McGuinness' hand as a symbol of peace.

Just a few years ago, many people thought something like this would never happen.

Find out what this historic and important gesture means to the people of Northern Ireland by watching our film, below.

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Watch our film to hear from the people of Northern Ireland