The Queen Goes Green in Ireland

05/17/2011 at 03:00 PM EDT

Ireland - Queen Elizabeth II Visits the Country
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II made both history and headlines Monday with a visit to Ireland that's been a long time coming.

Following years of the country's bloody past with her native England, the Queen, 85, traveled to Ireland, becoming the first British monarch to do so in a century. (Her grandfather visited 100 years ago.)

Arriving in a bright green jacket and matching hat, Her Majesty was undeterred by a bomb scare after police detonated a bomb that was discovered on a bus near Dublin just hours before her visit. In London on the same day, Scotland Yard also had news of a bomb threat, believed to be from republican dissidents in Northern Ireland.

According to the L.A. Times, "The Queen is expected to spend four days touring the country, including a stop at a stud farm in southeast Ireland, reflecting her interests and skills as an accomplished horsewoman."

Her trip was first announced last year.

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