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Simple pleasures - Queen to President: "I like this clinking glass"

Who doesn’t love the sound of tinkling crystal?

Image: Maxwells Photography

SHE IS A woman who has been to more banquets and ceremonies than most on the planet – but it seems that even for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the simple pleasures are the nicest.

At this evening’s State Dinner held in her honour by President McAleese at Dublin Castle – the former seat of British colonial power in this country – the Queen shared her delight at the simple sound being made by her wine glass as she proposed a toast to the President and the Irish people.

As the Queen offered her toast, President McAleese remarked simply: “Thank you so much” – to which Her Majesty replied:

I like this clinking glass.

The remark went unannounced publicly – but was caught on the microphones at the top table at the banquet, which was attended by 172 people.

“I like this clinking glass” – MP3 recording >

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