- Queen Elizabeth II this week sent a message of goodwill to the people of Ireland in commemoration of the Government of Ireland Act
- The small island nation recently celebrated 100 years since the Act came into effect
- Her Majesty used the public speech to recollect with fondness the memories of the country she shared with her late husband, Prince Phillip
This week marks the 100th year since the Government of Ireland Act came into effect and Queen Elizabeth II used the momentous occasion to think back fondly on her memories of the country with her loving husband Prince Phillip.
Her Majesty issued a heartfelt message of hope for lasting peace and praise to the people living in the nation. And, less than a month since the death of her beloved husband, she tenderly recollected their many visits to the fun-loving nation.
The Queen writes:
"A century ago, the Government of Ireland Act came into effect, and today marks a significant centenary for both the United Kingdom and Ireland.
"This anniversary reminds us of our complex history, and provides an opportunity to reflect on our togetherness and our diversity.
"In Northern Ireland today, there is, perhaps more than ever, a rich mix of identities, backgrounds and aspirations, and an outward-looking and optimistic mindset.
Also included in her message of goodwill were warm impressions of the country as experienced with her husband. Her Majesty says she looks back with fondness at the many visits she paid Ireland with the late Prince and treasures the spirit of goodwill she felt firsthand.
According to UK based publication Express, The Queen and Prince Philip visited Northern Ireland together 19 times since the mid-1940s. The last time she and Prince Philip visited together was in June 2016.
The Queen's latest statement comes one week after the monarch fully resumed her royal duties after having taken some time off to mourn the passing of Prince Phillip.
In more stories regarding the Royal Family, Briefly News previously reported a dress worn by Princess Diana on her wedding day will go on display at the Kensington Palace after her sons' approval.
Prince William and Prince Harry agreed to loan the famous dress she wore at her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981. The dress originally belonged to Queen Mary and will be accessible for public viewing from June at the royal residence where Diana lived.
"Its gently scooped neckline and large puffed sleeves are trimmed with bows and deep ruffles of taffeta, a style popularized by the Princess in the early 1980s," Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) said on Monday.
Decades after her death, Diana is considered a fashion icon by supporters. In March, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, wore Diana's bracelet during her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
"Our summer exhibition at Kensington Palace will shine a spotlight on some of the greatest talents of British design, whose work has been instrumental in shaping the visual identity of the royal family across the twentieth century," Matthew Storey, exhibition curator at HRP, said in a statement.
The organisation further said that the exhibition would explore the unique relationship between fashion designers and royal clients.
“We'll be exploring how the partnership between each designer and client worked and revealing the process behind the creation of a number of the most important couture commissions in royal history.
“While one of the highlights will undoubtedly be Diana, Princess of Wales's show-stopping Emanuel designed wedding dress, which goes on show at the palace for the first time in 25 years – we've got some real surprises up our sleeve for fashion fans!” The statement read.
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