The royal couple flew into the Royal Australian Air Force’s Fairbairn Base in Canberra where they were greeted by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Governor-General Quentin Bryce.
This will be the Queen’s 16th visit to Australia, having last visited the country in 2006 to open the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
Over the next 11 days the couple have a busy schedule; they will be visiting four states and attending numerous engagements. Those engagements will include an Audience for the Prime Minister of Australia and an Audience for the Leader of the Opposition; a visit to a Reception for emergency response personnel and Communities affected by recent floods in Brisbane; a walk through Federation Square in Melbourne and a journey on board a Melbourne Tram.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will then travel to Perth where they will visit Clontarf Aboriginal College before attending the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
The couple’s last engagement will be to visit the Perth community ‘BBQ’ event – “The Big Aussie BBQ” before departing Australia on Saturday 29th October.
To view the Queen’s full itinerary please visit the official website of the British Monarchy.
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