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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND (CNN) - Queen Elizabeth arriving and shaking hands with Irish leaders.  
Two former enemies joined hands in Northern Ireland today.   Britain's Queen Elizabeth the Second and former Irish Republican Army commander Martin McGuinness met in Belfast for a historic handshake.
McGuinness is currently the deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland.

For three decades, until 19-98, predominantly Protestant pro-British and predominantly Catholic anti-British forces fought in Northern Ireland.

About 35-hundred people were killed, including the queen's cousin Lord Louis Mountbatten, who died in an I-R-A bombing.   

The British government considered the I-R-A a terrorist organization.

The Queen's visit wasn't wholly peaceful, though.   Police say pro- and anti-British groups scuffled in Belfast Tuesday night.   And a crowd of about 100 people attacked police, injuring nine of them.