Queen Elizabeth met the families of IRA victims in Northern Ireland, ahead of an historic meeting with the country’s deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness.
As part of her Diamond Jubilee tour, the Queen spent time with the relatives of the victims of the IRA’s notorious 1987 bombings, in which 11 people were killed.
In another first she also attended a Catholic Church service though security was tight amid fears of violence.
However, there has been minimal opposition to the planned meeting and in the village of Enniskillen, hundreds of people turned out to support the monarch.
The meeting with the ex IRA Commander is the first between the Queen and a senior member of the IRA, or its political wing Sinn Fein.
The coming together marks a landmark in the peace process, 14 years after the IRA ended its 30-year campaign against British rule.