The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh went to Australia together. They went for an 11 day tour, the 16th time the Queen has been to the country.
They started in Canberra. The Prime Minister of Australia greeted them. She is called Julia Gillard.
The first day they went to Government House for a tour. The Queen also did a speech there. She took a boat to a flower show as her first public appearance. Loads of people came to see her and cheered as she went by. To get to the flower show, she went down the Capital Central Lake. She said she would also like to go around Melbourne and Brisbane as well as Canberra. She presented the Australian Royal Military College with a new set of royal colours.
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Brisbane: They took an hour-long boat trip to get to Brisbane. They went down the Brisbane River which happened to have flooded in January, destroying hundreds of homes. The royal couple had gone to a private party for all the emergency workers who helped with the flood.
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Melbourne: Thousands of people came to see the Queen. In Melbourne, she attended a hospital opening, took a gallery tour, went to a government house reception and had a tram ride. After doing all that in four hours she flew up into Perth in Western Australia.
Perth: The Queen said goodbye in Perth. There was a big fete there and there were musicians and lots of speeches. In her speech she said it was the perfect way to say goodbye. She also said she will have many fond memories of her visit and she thanked the people for the warm welcome into their country. After the speeches they had a lovely barbecue and they said hello to some of their fans. They were given lots of presents and the Duke of Edinburgh even tried to barbecue with some of the cooks.
Law: While the Queen was in Australia, a very important decision was made. The decision was that princes and princesses should have the same right to be next in line to the throne. So that visit to Australia is now a very important bit of history.