|The Shamrock Brooch|
The second and final day of the trip, on which I desperately wanted to give HM a hug, included a headline-making handshake with Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and a former leader in the IRA. Lord Mountbatten and three others were killed by an IRA bomb in 1979. But true to form, both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh carried on with smiles on their faces.
|The Frosted Sunflower Brooch|
For clever diplomatic dressing and sheer dedication to pushing on, this gets Gold Stars galore.
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