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Third day of the royal visit brings the Queen to Kildare, but there'll be one thing missing

Queen Elizabeth II will travel to the Irish National Stud today, which will be missing one of its star attractions. The stallion Verglas, which was due to be showcased to the Queen, died on Tuesday following an accident.

The stallion Verglas, which was due to be paraded before the Queen today, died on Tuesday.
The stallion Verglas, which was due to be paraded before the Queen today, died on Tuesday.

FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS of last night’s state dinner in Dublin Castle Queen Elizabeth II is on the road again this morning as she heads to Kildare for a tour of the Irish National Stud.

The Queen is well known for her love of horses and horse racing and will inspect some of the top stallions in the country.

But one of the star attractions will be missing from today’s events. The Irish Independent reports that the stallion Verglas died as a result of an accident on Tuesday. Staff at the National Stud are said to be distraught at the loss.


While the N7/M7/M9 will not be fully closed at any point today, there are significant delays reported on the N7/M7 and the M50 due to exit closures and traffic calming measures. Gardaí say that periodic closures of exits will continue until 3.30pm, as the Queen will be travelling back to Dublin later for a special event in her honour at the National Convention Centre.

There are also continuing road closures in the city centre today, as Prince Philip is attending an event at Áras an Úachtaráin.

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Later today the Queen will return to Dublin for a special event at the Convention Centre. Westlife, The Chieftains, Riverdance and Mary Byrne are among those who’ll perform and there will be a showcase of Irish fashion and a gala dinner.

2,000 representatives from politics, culture, sport, media, businesses and charities have been invited to the event, reports that Irish Independent.

Tomorrow is the final day of the Queen’s historic visit and she’ll visit the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary and then on to Cork.

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