Interesting that the Daily Mail is reporting a possible visit by the Queen by next year. Last week in Cavan at the BIPA, there were some whispers that in fact the Irish authorities were preparing for a visit as early as this June. The logic given being the same as that quoted in Mail article: Mary McAleese is keen to have her over before she finally leaves Áras an Uachtaráin next year.
A source who accompanied Mrs McAleese on her whistlestop tour of Irish communities in London and the Olympic site this week confirmed her commitment to a royal visit by 2011.
‘Everything is in place,’ the source tells me. ‘The President wants it to happen and is very optimistic the Queen will visit during her term in office, which ends next year.’
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