Today the queen announced that she will be accepting an invitation from Ireland to visit this year. The last time a British monarch visited Ireland was in 1911, when Elizabeth's grandfather, King George V, went to the Emerald Isle.
After Ireland became independent in 1922, the relationship between the two countries deteriorated. The conflict over independence for Northern Ireland, particularly "The Troubles," strained the United Kingdom's relationship with the Irish.
But have the bad feelings passed? Surge Desk took a look at Twitter to see how the Irish are reacting to news of the upcoming royal visit.
Most responders reacted quite favorably to the news.
I think the Queen of England would be welcomed to Ireland by the vast majority.
Her Majesty the Queen's visit to Ireland is excellent news. Just a pity it has had to wait almost sixty years.
Some optimists hope that Ireland, which has suffered through serious economic challenges recently, will reap some benefits from this trip.
Visit by Queen wonderful opportunity to showcase Ireland to a huge audience across GB...potential to deliver a major boost to Irish tourism
One Englishman thinks this should demonstrate the importance of the queen's job.
people say the Queen doesnt do anything, but at the age of 84 shes making the first trip by a british monarch to Rep of Ireland in 100 years
Not everyone thinks this is a good idea, though.
The Queen will visit Republic of Ireland this year, which stupid person in government is letting that one go ahead? tour of Libya next week?
Indeed, some Irish seem worried about how their compatriots will behave.
British Queen coming to Ireland. That is very good news. Now lets see if our xenophobic primitives can behave with some dignity.
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