Queen Elizabeth II Hosts Dinner for Irish President

Image: Guests listen during a speech by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in honour of Ireland's President Higgins during the Royal Banquet in Windsor
Guests listen during a speech by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in honor of Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins during the Royal Banquet in Windsor April 8, 2014.Dan Kitwood / Pool via Reuters

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Queen Elizabeth II welcomed Irish President Michael D. Higgins to Britain on Tuesday for Ireland's first state visit since the republic became independent.

Guests, who sat at a 160-seat table, included notables such as Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis and, controversially, the former Irish Republican Army commander Martin McGuinness.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, and Irish President Michael D. Higgins, center, talk at the State Banquet during the Irish president's state visit in Windsor, on April 8.DAN KITWOOD / Pool via AFP - Getty Images