NORTHERN IRELAND: Royal Blitz in a Troubled Realm

Elizabeth shows the flag in Ulster

There were no casual "walkabouts," as she calls them, and no rides in horse-drawn open coaches past cheering crowds. Indeed, the only touring she and her husband Prince Philip dared was a short ride aboard an army Land-Rover specially fitted with a cocoon of bulletproof glass. Nonetheless, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II had reason to be pleased with her two-day Silver Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland. Racked by warfare between Protestants and Catholics for the past eight years, Ulster was girded for yet another round of violence, punctuated...

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