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Here's Queen Elizabeth having the chats with Niall Horan and other Irish folk

The reception is believed to be a warm-up for the state visit of President Michael D Higgins next month.

QUEEN ELIZABETH HELD a party for the Irish community in Buckingham Palace today, where hundreds of Irish representatives were welcomed.

Those in attendance included Ruby Walsh, Pat O’Connell of Cork’s English Market, One Direction’s Niall Horan and Louis Walsh.

The reception is believed to be a warm-up for the state visit of President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina to Britain next month.

Here are some images of the day:

Here's Queen Elizabeth having the chats with Niall Horan and other Irish folk
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  • Reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace

    Source: Queen Elizabeth looking at the hair of One Direction's Niall Horan
  • Reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace

    Source: Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh meets One Direction's Niall Horan
  • Reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace

    Source: Barry McGuigan (left) Niall Horan attend a reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace
  • Reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace

    Source: Queen Elizabeth II meets Barry Geraghty (2nd left) and Ruby Walsh (left, partially obscured) at a reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace, London.
  • Reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace

    Source: Louis: "So, I definitely think you have the X Factor"
  • Reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace

    Source: Queen Elizabeth II meets Pat O'Connell (3rd right) at a reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace, London.
  • Reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace

    Source: Ruby Walsh (2nd left) - who suffered a compound fracture to his right arm after falling at the Cheltenham Festival - attempts so shake hands with Queen Elizabeth II at a reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace.
  • Reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace

    Source: Queen Elizabeth II talks to Louis Walsh (2nd left) at a reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace, London.
  • Reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace

    Source: Queen Elizabeth II meets Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall (4th right) at a reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace, London.
  • Reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace

    Source: ueen Elizabeth II talks to Louis Walsh (2nd left) at a reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace, London.
  • Reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace

    Source: Queen Elizabeth II talks to Jonjo O'Neill (left) at a reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace, London.
  • Reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace

    Source: The Duke of Edinburgh meets Eddie Jordan (left) at a reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace, London.

(All photos PA)

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