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In a first for troubled neighbors, Irish president makes state visit to UK as guest of queen
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 4:37 AM EDT
Ireland's president is being feted by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, on a state visit heavy with symbolism for two countries with a tangled and troubled history.
Higgins says that while it was impossible to "wipe the slate clean" about the past, relations between the two countries were good.
Higgins will address Britain's Parliament during his three-day trip, which includes a banquet Tuesday evening at the castle, hosted by the queen. Among the guests will be Martin McGuinness, once a senior IRA commander, now Northern Ireland's deputy leader.