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Britain's Queen visits Irish horse heartland

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For a monarch passionate about horses, it was surely one of the highlights of her four-day trip.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has continued her historic visit to Ireland by touring the National Stud. The horsebreeding centre in Kildare is the birthplace of some of the world’s finest thoroughbreds.

It was a very different atmosphere the evening before at a state banquet in Dublin Castle.

In a landmark speech, the Queen expressed regret for the centuries of conflict between the two nations. While stopping short of an apology for Britain’s bloody past in Ireland, her words were appreciated by her hosts as a powerful gesture of reconciliation.