The Queen and former IRA commander Martin McGuinness have confirmed that following yesterday's successful encounter they will be holidaying together on the Norfolk Broads.
The pair reportedly got on so well at the charity event in Belfast – even participating in a game of "snog, marry avoid" relating to Northern Irish Assembly MPs – that they agreed there and then to a week on a Golden Horizon-class cruiser, booked through Hoseasons.
It is the first time a senior member of Sinn Fein and a high-profile member of British state have agreed to go away together since Gerry Adams and Tony Blair went to a pottery retreat before the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
Mr McGuinness is expected to find time to demonstrate the ancient Irish art of weaving crios – beautiful woven woollen belts – while the Queen may show off her equine skills by occasionally riding a pony along the towpath.Tweet
The Rev Ian Paisley has confirmed he will be helping to cement the new "special relationships" by joining the boat at Hickling Broad for a pub quiz night.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said that several options had been considered, including a Florida trip based at Wet 'n' Wild and a road trip across Belgium.
Already this morning, a mural has been painted in a unionist area depicting (inaccurately) a narrowboat, with Mr McGuinness opening a canal lock and the Queen helming the boat in a skipper's cap.
Mr McGuinness told The Daily News: "We are burying the hatchet of history with handshakes, with friendship, and with a satisfyingly discounted cruiser holiday with DVD, sliding canopy and multi-toilet facilities."
A spokesman for The Real IRA said that Mr McGuinness had sold out, adding that he and the Queen should have holidayed in Ireland, perhaps with three days of adventure sports in the West followed by a city break in Limerick.10 things the Queen said to McGuinness yesterday