The Queen arrives in Australia

The Queen arrives in Australia

She’s the guest of all guests, so it’s no wonder that Australia is pulling out all the stops today to welcome the Queen on her 11-day tour of the country.

Having just touched down in Canberra, the Monarch, along with The Duke of Edinburgh, will be welcomed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard in what is sure to be a colourful trip.

Both members of the Royal Family will spend the first five days in Canberra attending ceremonial receptions before jetting off to Brisbane to meet officials, emergency workers and communities affected by recent floods.

After a quick return to Canberra to lay a wreath at the country’s War Memorial and meet Defence Force Personnel, the couple will head to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, take a journey on the city’s tram system and look around the National Gallery of Victoria.

The Queen’s expedition ends in Perth where her three days in the city will include visiting the Clontarf Aboriginal College, attending a garden party at Government House and visiting the city’s “Big Aussie BBQ”, departing that afternoon on the 29 October to return home.

It is her first trip to the country in five years and follows her grandson Prince William’s visit to devastated Queensland in March this year.

Next year, the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, which means travellers can enjoy a bumper Bank Holiday break – find out which dates to book here.

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