Although British born, I am not a monarchist, nor have I ever been such.
BUT I have been delighted with the words and deeds of the U.K. Head of State, Queen Elizabeth II in her state visit to the Republic of Ireland, and in the responses of the Irish leaders and people.
There is something to be said for having a Head of State who is not a politician. The Republic of Ireland has its President. The United Kingdom has its Queen.
Q.E. II and the Irish President (Mary McAleese) have each exemplified grace, dignity and wisdom which would have been unthinkable even 20 years ago.
How refreshing to see that two nations with a long and bitter shared history can now act "all grown up".
Good for Mary of Ireland and Elizabeth of the United Kingdom!