Niall Horan Has Lunch With The Queen

The Queen has hosted a reception for more than 300 Irish people including One Direction singer Niall Horan, X-Factor judge Louis Walsh and former boxer Barry McGuigan.

The Buckingham Palace event was held to mark the contribution made by Irish people in Britain.

A Palace spokesman said: "It was a really fun evening - great company and extremely relaxed.

"Her Majesty seemed to enjoy the craic."

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh met guests from the world of sport, business, politics, the arts and community work who were deemed to have made a positive contribution to Britain.

Also among the guests were fashion designer Orla Kiely, racehorse trainer Jonjo O'Neill, former Formula One racing boss Eddie Jordan, singer Imelda May and Father Ted writers Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews.

Niall Horan described being at the palace as "mind-blowing".

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One Direction Confirmed For Royal Variety Performance

One Direction are among the acts confirmed for the Royal Variety Performance 2012.

The 'Live While We're Young' boyband will perform a special version of new single 'Little Things' for the Queen at the Royal Albert Hall on November 19, as the event celebrates its 100th anniversary.

In addition to the X Factor group, the recently-reunited Girls Aloud, Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Neil Diamond and Alicia Keys will also take to the stage for the Royal Variety Performance.

Britain's Got Talent stars Ashleigh & Pudsey will also appear as part of their prize for winning the contest in May.

The event is staged in aid of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, of which the Queen is a patron. Funds raised will help to maintain Brinsworth House in Twickenham - the entertainers' retirement and nursing home.