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Last Updated: Wednesday May 18 2011 12:42 GMT

PICTURES: Queen on historic Ireland trip

Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Dublin

The Queen has made history today by becoming the first British monarch to visit the Republic of Ireland.

Irish police prepare for The Queen's visit

A massive security operation with thousands of police, one of the biggest the country has ever seen, is in place throughout the four-day trip.

Graffiti on a wall in Dublin reads 'No Queen Here!'

Some Irish people aren't happy about the Queen visiting their country because of the troubled relationship Britain has had with Ireland over hundreds of years.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Dublin

The Queen's visit is the first of its kind since the country's independence from the UK in 1922.

Queen Elizabeth meets Irish President Mary McAleese

Here is the Queen meeting Irish President Mary McAleese. British and Irish leaders say they hope the visit will help continue to improve relations between the two countries.

The signatures of the Queen and her husband Prince Philip in the visitors book at the Irish President's official residence.

During the first day of her visit, the Queen signed the visitors' book at the Irish president's official residence and also planted a tree in the surrounding grounds.

Queen Elizabeth II lays wreath

She then laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance for those who died fighting for Irish freedom from Britain.

The Queen at Trinity College Dublin

It was a busy day - the Queen also visited Trinity College Dublin, Ireland's oldest university.

Protesters in Dublin

But protesters, unhappy that the Queen is visiting, were out on the streets.

Protesters in Dublin

Lots of police were needed to control some of the demonstrators.