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Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has marked the 10th anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip’s historic visit to Ireland. The royal couple visited the country between May 17 and 20, 2011. 

Their visit was particularly poignant, being the first official trip to Ireland carried out by a British monarch in 100 years.

Mr Coveney, who in 2011 was Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, spoke highly about the royal visit and its importance in a video shared by the British Embassy in Dublin.

He said: “I often recall the state visit to Ireland by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.

“The highlight for me, and I hope for Her Majesty also, was, of course, the time spent in Cork.” 

Cork is very close to Mr Coveney’s heart as he was born there and has been serving as a Teachta Dála for the Cork South-Central constituency since 1998. 

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