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Queen Elizabeth II Starts Historic Irish Trip

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (wearing green) and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh (centre) arrive in Dublin.
Queen Elizabeth II landed in Dublin today at the start of a landmark state visit to Ireland.

She began her trip by paying a visit to Aras an Uachtarain, the official resident of Irish President Mary McAleese, who greeted the Queen upon her arrival.

The Queen's visit is the first by a British monarch since Ireland won independence from London in 1921.

Security will be tight for the Queen's four-day visit, with more than 8,500 Irish police assigned to protect her and her husband, Prince Philip.

Dissident nationalists have said the queen is not welcome on Irish soil and a coded bombing warning on May 16 triggered a security alert in London.

Irish police today said soldiers defused a homemade bomb near Dublin overnight after police had been tipped off by an anonymous caller.

compiled from agency reports