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Martin McGuinness to meet Queen again in Belfast

Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with Martin McGuinness earlier this year.

Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with Martin McGuinness earlier this year.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness says he is to meet Queen Elizabeth II again when she visits Belfast.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are scheduled to come to the North between June 23 and 25.

It will be the Queen’s first visit since 2012, when she came as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

During that visit, the British monarch and Mr McGuinness shook hands for the first time.

Earlier this year, the Derry republican toasted the Queen during a banquet at Windsor Castle as part of the state visit of Irish president Michael D Higgins.

Mr McGuinness says he will be meeting the Queen “as a representative of all our people”.

“The visit by Queen Elizabeth is an opportunity to demonstrate mutual respect and to further build on the process of reconciliation,” he said.

“Despite the current difficulties, I am determined to provide positive, forward-thinking political leadership.”

 
 
 

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