The long road to royal arrival

Queen Elizabeth’s visit has finally been judged possible due to the bedding down of the peace process

14th May, 2011

In 1999, Irish Benedictine monk Mark Hederman recalled his mother’s preoccupation with the Wallis Simpson/King Edward VIII abdication crisis of 1936.

She was well informed about the scandal, despite there being something of a news blackout in Ireland.

‘‘When my mother began to tell people at parties in Dublin, they thought she was off her head,” Hederman said. ‘‘Being a conscientious Catholic, she asked a Jesuit priest whether it was libel, detraction or scandal...

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