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Tony Blair considered asking Queen to open Stormont assembly

Then PM raised idea of monarch opening assembly but accepted it was ‘delicate issue’, newly released papers reveal

Tony Blair considered asking the Queen to open the newly formed Northern Ireland assembly in 1998, newly released state papers show.

A letter from the then prime minister’s principal private secretary, John Holmes, reveals that Blair accepted it was a “delicate issue” but “[did] not believe it would be inappropriate” for the monarch to be involved.

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