Waterford's glass tickles monarch

At a State Dinner, held on Thursday May 19th in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth by President McAleese at Dublin Castle. The Queen shared her delight at the simple sound being made by her Waterford Crystal wine glass as she proposed a toast to the President and the Irish people.

As the Queen offered her toast, President McAleese remarked simply: “Thank you so much” – to which Her Majesty replied: “I like this clinking glass.”


The glasses belonged to one of four sets of State Waterford Crystal which feature the Irish harp. The Waterford Crystal glassware sets are kept in Dublin Castle, Áras an Uachtaráin, Government Buildings and Farmleigh. The sets include Waterford Crystal Champagne flutes, whiskey tumblers, sherry glasses and many others pieces from the Waterford Collection.