Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Tying in well with the general flow as noted, the Queen today made a historic visit to Ireland, the first by a monarch since 1911. Landing at Baldonnel, dapper in emerald green, she was then escorted by 33 motorcycles to Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence of the Irish president in Dublin's Phoenix Park.
Later on, dressed in white, she visited the Republic's Garden of Remembrance - for those killed fighting the Brits - before visiting Trinity College to peruse the Book of Kells, a New Testament gospel illuminated manuscript.
It is worth noting that Phoenix Park was built on land owned by the Knights Hospitaller, a "Christian" Catholic military organisation. Much of their land acquisition came via the more infamous Knight's Templar; after the latter's Papal suppression in 1312, titles were simply transferred.
BBC -report .
wiki - Torphichen Preceptory - A Scottish Hospitaller church built around 1140, where William Wallace (Braveheart) held his last parliament.
Aras an Uachtarain - History.
Top image - front cover of freemason, Albert Pike's, Morals and Dogma. "Order from Chaos"