Have we Irish harboured a secret fondness for the British Royals? The Queen is due to visit Ireland next year. How will the nation react to the first visit by a Monarch since 1911? The days of Irish subjects doffing their caps and curtseying to royalty are long gone. But have we grown up enough to allow our head of state meet the old enemy on our home ground?
As Irish-UK relations continue to thaw, Gerry Nelson finds that, amid the nationalist orthodoxy of post-Independence Ireland, the fascination with the British Royal family may never have fully died away.