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In pictures: Presenting… President Michael D Higgins

The ninth President of Ireland in his finest ceremonial hour…

TODAY WAS ALL about Michael D Higgins, ninth President of Ireland:

In pictures: Presenting… President Michael D Higgins
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  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    In the upper yard of Dublin Castle. Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    Greeting wellwishers in the courtyard at Dublin Castle after his inauguration ceremony. Image: Paul Faith/PA Wire
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at Dublin Castle. Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    Former President Mary Robinson arrives at Dublin Castle for the inauguration. Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    Presidential candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon (centre) arrives at Dublin Castle. Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    Presidential candidate Gay Mitchell and his wife Norma arrive at Dublin Castle. Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and First Minister Peter Robinson arrive at Dublin Castle. Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    Presidential candidate Sean Gallagher and his wife Trish arrive at Dublin Castle. Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    Presidential candidate David Norris arrives at Dublin Castle. Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina arriving for the inauguration ceremony with Ruairi Quinn TD Minister for Education and Skills (right). Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    The red carpet is rolled out in the rain ahead of the inauguration at Dublin Castle. Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina say hello to the crowds that came out to greet them after the inauguration at Dublin Castle. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    Michael D. Higgins with sn Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore arriving inside Dublin Castle. Image: Photocall Ireland/GIS
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    St Patrick's Hall at Dublin Castle as the inauguration takes place. Image: Photocall Ireland/Gis
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    President Michael D Higgins receiving his seal of office from Chief Justice Susan Denham at Dublin Castle. Image: Photocall Ireland/GIS
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    Sabina Coyne-Higgins wiping a tear from her eye as her husband, new President Michael D Higgins, makes his acceptance speech. Image: Photocall Ireland/GIS
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    President Michael D Higgins speaking at his inauguration ceremony at Dublin Castle. Image: Photocall Ireland/Gis
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    Applause for new President Michael D Higgins, from all at Dublin Castle including former presidents Mary Robinson (left) and Mary McAleese (right) Image: Photocall Ireland/Gis
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    Newly inaugurated President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina greets schoolchildren from all over Ireland in the upper yard of Dublin Castle after he became Ireland's ninth President. Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    Children from schools all over Ireland wait to meet newly inaugurated President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    President Michael D Higgins, who is now Commander in Chief of the Irish Defence Forces, is invited to inspect a Defence Forces Guard of Honour after his inauguration at Dublin Castle. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    The Defence Forces Guard of Honour from the 5th Infantry Battalion at Dublin Castle. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    President Michael D Higgins happily inspects a Defence Forces Guard of Honour after his inauguration. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    Newly inaugurated President Michael D Higgins pictured in the upper yard of Dublin Castle. Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina are greeted by Chloe Higgins, 12, from Ballyfermot at Dublin Castle. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina arrive back to Áras An Uachtaráin to start his seven-year term as President of Ireland. Image: Photocall Ireland/GIS
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    At Áras an Uachtaráin. Image: Photocall Ireland/GIS
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina at their new home for the next seven years, Áras An Uachtaráin. Image: Photocall Ireland/GIS
  • President Higgins inauguration, 11 November, 2011

    President Michael D Higgins. Image: Photocall Ireland/GIS
  • State reception at Dublin Castle

  • State reception at Dublin Castle

  • State reception at Dublin Castle

  • State reception at Dublin Castle

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