Queen Arrives In Ireland, Police Defuse Bomb
Dublin, Ireland (CNN) -- Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Ireland on Tuesday, the first UK monarch to visit the country since it gained independence in 1921.
The queen, wearing a symbolic green outfit and hat, was met at the Casement aerodrome just outside Dublin by the British and Irish ambassadors for the start of a historic four-day visit.
The queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, was then escorted to Aras an Uachtarain, President Mary McAleese's official residence, where the British national anthem God Save the Queen and Amhrann na bhFainn, the Irish national anthem, were played in the grounds.
A 21-gun salute and an Air Corps flypast also greeted the queen.
President McAleese has developed a good relationship with the queen and has visited Buckingham Palace, the queen's official residence in London, on a number of occasions, say royal experts.
Professor Ronan Fanning of University College Dublin said: "The queen and President McAleese have had a personal relationship which has grown over the years. This is a state visit but also inter-governmental, an indication of its significance."
One of her first official engagements Tuesday will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin which honours those who fought for Irish freedom from British rule.
The visit has prompted police to mount one of the biggest-ever security operations in the history of the Irish state amid growing threats of dissident republican violence.
The Irish military defused a bomb Tuesday on a bus headed to Dublin. The military stopped a private bus in Maynooth, evacuated the passengers and found a "viable device" in the luggage compartment of the bus early Tuesday morning, a spokesman for the Irish national police said.
Later Tuesday morning, Irish authorities raced to the scene of a second suspicious device -- but it was later determined to be a hoax. Authorities responded to at least one report of a suspicious package in Belfast, Northern Ireland. >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
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