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Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness told the Queen that he recognised she had suffered loss as a result of the conflict in Northern Ireland when they met in Belfast on Wednesday.
Mr McGuinness revealed that he addressed the 1979 IRA murder of her cousin Lord Mountbatten when he met her privately at the Lyric Theatre.
Lord Mountbatten was killed by a bomb blast on his boat off Mullaghmore, Co Sligo.
One of his twin grandsons, Nicholas, aged 14, and a young boat boy Paul Maxwell, aged 15 also died in the explosion. Lady Brabourne, 82, died later of her injuries.
The former IRA commander said the Queen was very gracious about what he said.
Mr McGuinness said he would not detail exactly what was mentioned or how the Queen responded during the eight minute discussion in the Lyric Theatre, which the Duke of Edinburgh also attended.
The Mid Ulster MLA appeared on a RTÉ talkshow on Saturday and said that he had told the royals that he recognised they had lost a relative.
“I said to the Queen and the Duke they too had lost a loved one,” he said.
The killing was discussed briefly after one of two historic handshakes between the pair on day two of the monarch’s Jubilee celebrations visit to Northern Ireland.