June 26 - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Northern Ireland. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrived in Northern Ireland on Tuesday (June 26), for a visit as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. During her two-day trip she will meet former IRA commander and current deputy first minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness for the first time. It will be a milestone in the province's peace process. The queen has never met a senior figure in the now-defunct IRA, which killed her cousin Lord Mountbatten in 1979, or its political wing Sinn Fein, and a meeting would be a significant landmark in the peace process. In a sign of a softening of the party's attitude to the royal family, Sinn Fein last week said it would not block the Northern Ireland government from giving the queen a present to mark the Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne. Last year, the party refused to support sending a gift for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.