May 20 - Britain's Queen Elizabeth enjoys a mix of Irish music and dance at a concert in Dublin on the last night of her historic state visit. Sunita Rappai reports.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives in Dublin for a concert showcasing the very best of Irish music and dance. The event, held on the last night of the Queen's historic four-day state visit, was hosted by the British Embassy. It was a way of saying thank-you to Irish President Mary McAleese for hosting the British monarch during her visit. Alongside 2000 invited guests, the Queen was treated to performances from X-Factor finalist, Mary Byrne, hit Irish boy band Westlife and The Chieftains. The Queen also enjoyed a performance from Riverdance - the traditional Irish stepdance that has become synonymous with Ireland around the world. (Upsound - Queen applauding) After two days laden with historic and political symbolism, the concert seemed to go down well with the Royal visitor, who recieved a standing ovation from the audience. The Queen is the first British monarch to visit Ireland since its independence. The event is expected to mark the start of a new era in Anglo-Irish relations. Sunita Rappai, Reuters