The Monarchy in the 21st Century – A Platinum Jubilee Tribute
William and Kate
In April 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton were pronounced husband and wife at Westminster Abbey in London. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their vows in front of 1,900 guests and the eyes of the world. The wedding provided a wave of optimism and good feeling towards the monarchy, with more than a million spectators outside Buckingham Palace, and many millions more watching on televisions around the world.
Visit to Ireland
The next month, Elizabeth and Philip visited the Republic of Ireland at the invitation of President Mary McAleese. Though the Queen had frequently visited Northern Ireland over the course of her reign, this was her first to the Republic of Ireland, and the first by a British monarch in 100 years. Elizabeth’s visit, during which she expressed her “sincere thoughts and deep sympathy” for the victims of the troubled Anglo-Irish past, was widely celebrated as the beginning of a new era of friendship.
See also: The Queen and Scotland – A Platinum Jubilee Tribute