The handshake comes 14 years after the end of a conflict that claimed about 3,500 lives, including that of the queen’s cousin Lord Louis Mountbatten in an IRA bombing.
The two met briefly as part of a small group before the public handshake.
McGuinness then spoke to the queen in Irish as they clasped hands and made eye contact for several seconds in the ground-breaking public part of the event.
“Goodbye and godspeed,” McGuinness then said, translating his comment for the queen. She smiled throughout the encounter but did not speak.
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