The Queen received a warm welcome in Brisbane yesterday as an estimated 45,000 Queenslanders turned out to greet the monarch in the state capital.
HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh arrived on Brisbane’s Southbank after an hour-long boat trip along the Brisbane River. The Queen then spent time greeting well-wishers before attending a reception for emergency response personnel and communities affected by the Brisbane floods
It was in January of this year the Brisbane River burst its banks; killing more than 20 people, causing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage and bringing widespread devastation.
Later in the day the Queen paid tribute “to the resilience and courage of Queenslanders who bravely picked up their lives and rebuilt them after a period of great adversity” in a speech she made at the opening of Rain Bank, a stormwater harvesting centre in Brisbane.
Following the ceremony the royal couple then attended a lunch with the Governor of Queensland and other guests before returning to Canberra.