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YOUR issue of June 25 carried a large photograph purporting to be Queen Victoria passing through Dublin in 1853.
The photograph is actually that of her successor and eldest son, King Edward VII, and his queen consort, Alexandra, during their state visit in 1903.
He is the gentleman centre photo in the top hat, the lady next to him being the queen. This episode was dramatised on Strumpet City with Peter Ustinov playing the king.
Further down in the article it was stated that Queen Victoria was the last British queen to visit Ireland. She was indeed the last queen regent to visit but not the last queen, as Queen Alexandra came in 1903.
On that occasion the royal couple visited Cork and went to the Great Exhibition held at the Mardyke. The king liked visiting this country and was popular here.
I am pleased Queen Elizabeth is coming to visit. It demonstrates we are moving on in this country and that can only be good.
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