How things have changed.......for some, anyway.
A visit by the Queen to the Irish Republic will probably happen before the end of next year, according to Irish prime minister Brian Cowen.
Mr Cowen's comments came after he met with his British counterpart David Cameron at Downing Street on Wednesday.
It is understood arrangements between officials in London and Dublin are currently being discussed.
It would be the first visit to the Republic by a British monarch since partition in 1921.
Mr Cowen said there was now no obstacle to the Queen coming to Ireland.
"I think that would be a good development," the taoiseach said.
"I think also that the importance of an exchange of state visits says a lot about the modern bilateral relationships we now have.
"We have started a process between both the prime ministers' offices whereby we can look at this prospect.
"I would like to see this happening during the tenure of our own president (Mary McAleese)."