The Regal has landed – Queen Elizabeth is on Irish soil and on her way to lunch with President Mary McAleese amid massive security.
The Royal Jet landed at Casement Aerodrome, home to the Irish Aer Corps, at noon at the start of a four day State visit
After a brief walk down the red carpet, she was presented with a bouquet of flowers by a young girl before making her way to the President’s residence in the Phoenix Park. The girl who presented the flowers was eight year old Rachel Fox from Shankill in Dublin
The most expensive security arrangements in the history of the State marked the arrival of the first British monarch to visit the Republic since the establishment of the state.
A hundred years after her grandfather King George visited Ireland, the Queen was greeted at Aras an Uachtarain by President McAleese and her husband Martin.
On arrival, she is to plant a tree in the gardens of the Presidential residence in honor of the peace process.
Protestors from the Eirigi Republican group have already gathered near the Garden, opened in 1966 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rising.
The Royal party will be shielded from the protestors by a massive police presence and they are not expected to disrupt the ceremony.