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Patriarch Kirill blesses the congregation during the consecration of the Cathedral of the Dormition (AP)

The patriarch met the Queen and Archbishop of Canterbury during his time in London

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Queen Elizabeth II pictured during a visit to the Prince's Trust Centre in Kennington (PA)

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales release Prayer for the Queen to be recited at Masses on June 11-12

Cardinal Nichols wrote to the Queen today (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has written to the Queen to congratulate her on being the longest reigning monarch

The Queen has made 380 state visits over the course of her 59-year reign

Mary Kenny says that Queen Elizabeth II’s historic trip to the Republic of Ireland next week could be her most challenging state visit

The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, sets off on March 2 in a horse-drawn carriage to make the journey from Archbishop’s House, Westminster, to Buckingham Palace, where he presented his Letter of Credence to the Queen

Archbishop Antonio Mennini was presenting his diplomatic credentials to the Queen

Photo: PA

At 83, she has seen a great many state occasions in her lifetime

Westminster Hall (Photo: PA)

His address to the Queen will be equally historic, but it’s the one at the Palace of Westminster which will have a lasting impact

Courtesy of the British embassy to the Holy See

In 1961 and 1980 she made official visits to meet John XXIII and John Paul II

Peter Mandelson was lauded by the Times last week as a national treasure (Photo: PA)

Here are five simple criteria for anyone wishing to achieve national treasure status. Prince Philip makes it; Peter Mandelson and Stephen Fry do not