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Queen acclaims Charles in speech to Commonwealth

Published 28/11/2015

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks to the Queen and Prince Charles during a Heads of Government reception at the San Anton Palace in Attard, Malta, yesterday
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks to the Queen and Prince Charles during a Heads of Government reception at the San Anton Palace in Attard, Malta, yesterday
Prince Philip is received by the Rev Canon Simon Godfrey during a visit to St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral in Valleta

The Queen has thanked the Prince of Wales for his support and "great distinction" in what could be her final speech as head of the Commonwealth.

She also praised the Duke of Edinburgh's "boundless energy and commitment" in her opening address at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta.

The Queen spoke fondly of the time she spent on the island with her husband as a newly-married couple and added: "Prince Philip and I first came to live here in 1949, the same year in which the Commonwealth was founded."

She said she has "cherished" her time as leader of the Commonwealth, a role she has held for more than 60 years.

"I feel enormously proud of what the Commonwealth has achieved, and all of it within my lifetime," she added.

She concluded by thanking the Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma "for his own eight years of dedicated service".

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