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The Queen is to pay a state visit to Ireland - the first official tour of the republic by a British monarch.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "The Queen has been pleased to accept an invitation from the President of Ireland to pay a state visit to Ireland this year. The Queen will be accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh."
A date for the visit has not been released but it is widely expected to be in May.
The Queen will be following in the footsteps of her grandfather George V, who travelled to the country in 1911, before independence.