Queen Elizabeth II has busy months ahead of her

Queen Elizabeth II holds on to her hat in high winds during a visit to RAF Valley where her grandson Prince William is stationed as a search and rescue helicopter pilot, on Friday, April 1, 2011, in Anglesey, north Wales. The Queen toured the airbase, met the staff and families and was given a guided tour of a Sea King search and rescue helicopter by William. Pictures: Prince William and Kate Middleton Special section: Britain's royal wedding
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Queen Elizabeth II holds on to her hat in high winds during a visit to RAF Valley on Friday, April 1, 2011, in Anglesey, north Wales.
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(CBS) Queen Elizabeth II's schedule seems to be particularly packed these days.

Coming up first, if your head has been under a rock since November, is the wedding of her grandson, Prince William, to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton later this month.

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After the pair say "I do" at Westminster Abbey on April 29, celebrations will continue at the monarch's residence, Buckingham Palace.

Following that happy occasion, the queen will visit the Republic of Ireland on May 17-20. The visit is the first by a British monarch in a century, and is meant to symbolize the success of nearly two decades of peacemaking in Northern Ireland.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, Irish Prime Minister Edna Kenny met with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday, and warned that the queen's visit may spark some protests, as her arrival date is the same day as the 1974 bombings in Dublin and Monahan that killed 33 people.

"I reminded the Prime Minister that because the date of the arrival of the Queen coincides with the date of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, that obviously there may be a small measure of protest arising from that," Kenney said.

However, the paper reports, he also told Cameron that "the vast majority of Irish people will welcome very warmly the Queen to Ireland."

And after that visit, there's another wedding on the royal calendar. Her granddaughter, equestrian Zara Phillips, is getting married to rugby player Mike Tindall on July 30 at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Another wedding - Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock - will take place in Monaco earlier that month, and many of Europe's royals (including, possibly, the queen) are likely to attend.

One assumes she'll have a wide variety of hats available for all the occasions.