Queen Offers Ireland Half an Apology for Violent Past

During her visit to Ireland, the monarch noted Britain's "sad and regrettable" history

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Dublin Castle, the former headquarters for British rule in Ireland, seems an appropriate setting for Queen Elizabeth to express remorse over Britain's violent history on the emerald isle. According to The Guardian, this is the "closest" thing to an "apology" Ireland's ever gotten from a monarch:

It is a sad and regrettable reality that through history our islands have experienced more than their fair share of heartache, turbulence and loss. These events have touched us all, many of us personally, and are a painful legacy. We can never forget those who have died or been injured, and their families. To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy. With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.

In what the British are calling the "reconciliation tour," the Queen and her 8,000 security phalanx are halfway through their historical tour. Symbolic stops so far have included Croke Park, the home of Gaelic sport in Dublin and the Guinness Storehouse--where the Queen only turned down a pint on the house.

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