Toast by President Higgins at State Banquet, Windsor Castle


Toast by Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

State Banquet, Windsor Castle

8.40pm approx Tuesday, 8th April 2014

A Shoilse Banríon, A Mhórgacht Ríoga:

Your Majesty, Your Royal Highness:

Thank you for your kind and generous welcome and for the warm hospitality you have extended to me, to Sabina and to our delegation.

That welcome is very deeply felt and appreciated by me, and by the people of Ireland, whom I represent. However long it may have taken, Your Majesty, I can assure you that this first State Visit of a President of Ireland to the United Kingdom is a very visible sign of the warmth and maturity of the relationship between our two countries. It is something to be truly welcomed and celebrated.

Your Majesty:

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