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Boy in Ireland snaps 'selfie' with Queen Elizabeth, signals peace?

Boy In Ireland Snaps Selfie With Queen Elizabeth, Signals Peace?

This 'selfie' with the queen of England might say a lot more than you think.

ABC reports, "Fourteen-year-old Jack managing to get out of line just enough to position himself right there inches from Her Majesty."

ITV later revealed that Jack Surgenor managed to snap a quick 'selfie' while Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were visiting St. George's Market in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The UK's Daily Record reports that one eyewitness said, "She was walking through the market with the secretary of state, and people were cheering and clapping, and suddenly this wee fella zipped right over to her, said something and got her in a 'selfie.' Nothing happened; they just kept on walking. It was a bit of fun, so no one was cross, and he wasn't taken away."

According to the Belfast Telegraph, this visit is a "groundbreaking shift from tradition" in which the queen walked near citizens and well-wishers -- a stark contrast from the secretive and heavily armed royal visits during what's become known in the United Kingdom as "the Troubles."

"The Troubles" were a period of time from 1968 to 1998 when a Protestant majority that wished to remain part of the UK -- and under the rule of the British Monarchy -- and a Catholic minority that wished to join the independent Republic of Ireland both protested, rioted, and sometimes used violence to further their causes, the BBC reports.

According to The Guardian, the most recent instance of separatist-related violence occurred in 2009, when two soldiers were shot dead by republican dissidents.

The Irish Independent quotes Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, a former Irish Republican Army commander, as saying of the queen's efforts for peace, "She absolutely believes in big acts of reconciliation and I think in that regard, she is miles ahead of many others [political leaders]."

According to The British Monarchy, the last time the queen was in Northern Ireland was in 2012, during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

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dennismlns June 26 2014 at 7:49 AM

I remember when the Obama's visited the queel, the First Lady put hugged the Queen, who was latter quoted as saying "I don't want that woman anywhere near me again!" the first thing everyone is told when meeting The Queen is NEVER TOUTCH THE QUEEN, you can shake hands ONLY if she is wearing gloves and extends Her hand first.

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ctblewcollar June 26 2014 at 12:17 PM

Lovely to The Queen looking so well. She's what's all good about Britain. Louts that post insults and rude comments about her should remember she did military service in Great Britain during WW II (drove ambulances during the Nazi bombing raids over London (The Blitz). How many of these rude posters have even done military service? Few to none I would guess! Why, they can't even put a sentence together without either syntax and/or spelling errors! GROW UP!!

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alfredschrader June 26 2014 at 6:55 AM

Elizabeth has save England and the world billions in costs both in money and lives. When she leaves, there will be a king and things may not be so calm.

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kcarthey June 26 2014 at 11:17 AM

As an older person, I view the Queen quite favorably in that she has learned that things change and that older people need to adapt to and even enjoy that change. Because of their -- our -- age we will be happier and we can make contributions to that change as the world moves forward.
This is in sharp contrast to those claiming to belong to the Tea Party for whom I have little but disdain.

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ctblewcollar kcarthey June 26 2014 at 12:29 PM

Well said!

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michaelobrien5 kcarthey June 26 2014 at 5:03 PM

I second that comment.

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oujoou June 26 2014 at 6:19 AM

I don't think she looked amused. lol. The colors she wears . . .like the light blue on the page before and the yellow here are just too beautiful. I think those colors would look perfect on females everywhere. :)

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soccer_sucks June 26 2014 at 7:42 AM

No body cares about this joke family.

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rude June 26 2014 at 6:14 PM

It didn't mention the Queen slapped him upside his head and said "Listen you little twit.......no one takes a picture with me unless I SAY SO!!!"

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'57mad June 26 2014 at 2:21 PM

just imagine the span of the life of the queen through technology from light/telephones/cars/computers to now.

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jwesley7135 '57mad June 26 2014 at 4:51 PM

but the phone is backwards..!!

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Ellen June 26 2014 at 3:49 PM

Her family used to own America,
Before it was America.
But they never owned Ireland,
They only tried to.

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flyingfortresb17 Ellen June 26 2014 at 9:35 PM

Her family did not own America. They invaded and killed as many Native Americans as they could.

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katkelly57 June 26 2014 at 12:55 PM

"Balls!", said the Queen, "If I had them I'd be King!"

The best she could do now before she steps down is to get Oliver's Army out of the North.

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