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

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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.

Boy in Ireland snaps 'selfie' with Queen Elizabeth, signals peace?
COLERAINE, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 25: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh pay their respects at the cenotaph in Coleraine during the launching of World War One commemorations, on the third and final day of the Queen's visit to Northern Ireland, on June 25, in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Paul Faith - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
COLERAINE, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 25: Queen Elizabeth II leaves after the launching of the World War One commemorations, on the third and final day of the Queen's visit to Northern Ireland, on June 25, in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Paul Faith - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
COLERAINE, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 25: Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the cenotaph in Coleraine during the launching of World War One commemorations, on the third and final day of the Queen's visit to Northern Ireland, on June 25, in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Paul Faith - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 24: Queen Elizabeth II meets some of the costume and prop designers in the old Harland and Wolf paint room during their visit to the HBO TV series 'Game of Thrones' set in Belfast's Titanic Quarter on June 24, 2014 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal party are visiting Northern Ireland for three days. (Photo by Jonathan Porter - Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 24: Queen Elizabeth II and Belfast Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon attend a lunch in honour of The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh celebrating the 'Best of Belfast' on June 24, 2014 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal party are visiting Northern Ireland for three days. (Photo by William Cherry - Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 24: Queen Elizabeth II meets guests during a garden party held at Hillsborough Castle on day two of their visit on June 24, 2014 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal party are visiting Northern Ireland for three days. (Photo by Liam McBurney - Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 24: Queen Elizabeth II signs the visitor book ahead of her departure from City Hall on June 24, 2014 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal party are visiting Northern Ireland for three days. (Photo by Brian Lawless - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
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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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