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Old 11-26-2015, 05:24 PM
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It's very bad luck about the weather but the Queen seems to be in good spirits and enjoying everything anyway.
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Old 11-26-2015, 06:07 PM
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More videos.

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The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have touched down in Malta for the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on Friday.

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The Queen has attended an official welcome ceremony at San Anton Palace in Attard today, following her arrival in Malta. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and greeted by Prime Minister Joseph Musscat and President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Her Majesty is in the country for the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on Friday.

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I've already posted this article which contains two long videos. One of the Queen's entire arrival and one of the entire welcome ceremony.
Watch - Queen arrives for state visit, CHOGM - timesofmalta.com
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Old 11-27-2015, 09:00 AM
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Videos of the Queen's arrival and the entire welcome ceremony (including her speech) in this article.
CHOGM opening ceremony - timesofmalta.com

Queen hints at Charles soon becoming the next head of the Commonwealth as she praises the Prince of Wales in Malta | Daily Mail Online
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Queen hints at Charles soon becoming the next head of the Commonwealth as she praises the Prince of Wales in Malta

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 for his 'boundless energy and commitment' in her opening address at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) 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.

'For more than six decades of being head of the Commonwealth, a responsibility I have cherished, I have had the fortune of the constancy of the Duke of Edinburgh.

'To that, and to his many other Commonwealth associations, Prince Philip has brought boundless energy and commitment, for which I am indebted.

'Nor could I wish to have been better supported and represented in the Commonwealth than by The Prince of Wales who continues to give so much to it with great distinction.'
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The Queen hosts a reception for new Commonwealth Heads of Government at San Anton Palace.

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Old 11-27-2015, 09:12 AM
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Did she really "hinted" at Charles being next head of comonewealth? i mean, it's pretty well-known that he will be the next one.

Her Majesty is looking great!
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Old 11-27-2015, 09:32 AM
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Old 11-27-2015, 10:20 AM
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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon had an audience with the Queen this afternoon. He told her he was “honoured to be here”.

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Did she really "hinted" at Charles being next head of comonewealth? i mean, it's pretty well-known that he will be the next one.

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No, she didn't.
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Old 11-27-2015, 10:26 AM
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Charles becoming the next Head of the Commonwealth although probable is not automatic
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Old 11-27-2015, 10:31 AM
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Perhaps the statement was to infer that Charles would take over the duties as the head of the Commonwealth in his mother's stead. Kind of like a regency for this one aspect only. No clue that this is how it is but just a thought that ran through my turkey befuddled head.
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Old 11-27-2015, 02:48 PM
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Any pictures from the dinner yet?
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Old 11-27-2015, 03:14 PM
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Any pictures from the dinner yet?
Some pictures on their Twitter. The Queen in the Vladimir tiara with emeralds and the Delhi Durbar emerald necklace. Camilla in the hoeycomb tiara with one of her pearl chokers

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Old 11-27-2015, 05:11 PM
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Forget the Wit and Humor of PP. The Queen busts a funny: Prime Minister Muscat,, As Head of the Commonwealth, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you all here this evening.
Thank you, Mr Prime Minister of Canada, for making me feel so old! We are grateful to be with you for the second Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting hosted by Malta, and I hope that this occasion will allow you to gather as friends and enjoy Malta's hospitality.

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Old 11-27-2015, 05:47 PM
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The Queen joked with the Canadian Prime Minister that he had "made her feel so old" after he spoke of her historic visits to Canada.

Justin Trudeau toasted the monarch at a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) banquet at the Corinthia Hotel in Malta.

He began his speech in French before joking that he is not the youngest prime minister but the newest.

Mr Trudeau went on to recount the Queen's past visits to Canada, including in Ottawa when she signed the Constitution Act in 1982.

He was visibly emotional as he spoke of his father attending the event before quipping that the Queen has "seen more of Canada than most Canadians".

The Queen responded by joking that the Canadian prime minister had made her feel "so old".

She said: "As Head of the Commonwealth, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you all here this evening.

"Thank you, Mr Prime Minister of Canada, for making me feel so old.
Read more: Queen jokes the Canadian PM made her 'feel old' at Commonwealth banquet - BT
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^ Both the Queen and Camilla have brought out the big guns as far as their jewellery is concerned. As I dearly love a tiara occasion (few and far between as far as the BRF is concerned) I very much approve!

I think the Queen and Prince Philip seem to be thoroughly enjoying their trip to Malta so far, a trip full of nostalgia. I too think that in her speech the Queen was signalling to the Commonwealth leaders that for the rest of her reign probably the Prince of Wales will be deputising for her at future CHOGMs unless they are held in Britain. I don't think she would be so presumptuous as to suggest that Charles will automatically follow her as Head of the Commonwealth, though obviously she hopes he will.
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Was it really a joke or did the Queen find Trudeau's remarks rude and annoying ? I am sure Mr Trudeau meant it well, but it may have sounded that way.

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^ Both the Queen and Camilla have brought out the big guns as far as their jewellery is concerned. As I dearly love a tiara occasion (few and far between as far as the BRF is concerned) I very much approve!

I think the Queen and Prince Philip seem to be thoroughly enjoying their trip to Malta so far, a trip full of nostalgia. I too think that in her speech the Queen was signalling to the Commonwealth leaders that for the rest of her reign probably the Prince of Wales will be deputising for her at future CHOGMs unless they are held in Britain. I don't think she would be so presumptuous as to suggest that Charles will automatically follow her as Head of the Commonwealth, though obviously she hopes he will.
It is weird though to see men wearing condecorations with black tie attire.
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Old 11-27-2015, 07:28 PM
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Was it really a joke or did the Queen find Trudeau's remarks rude and annoying ? I am sure Mr Trudeau meant it well, but it may have sounded that way.
I believe it is a joke to I mean the last time Her Majesty met with our Prime Minister was when he was just a little boy and son to another Prime Minister Trudeau.
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Was it really a joke or did the Queen find Trudeau's remarks rude and annoying ? I am sure Mr Trudeau meant it well, but it may have sounded that way.
Well, if she did not see the humor, then her comment tonight was a complete blast at Trudeau and Canada. Is that the Queen's style? To embarrass the Canadian PM in front of all the Commonwealth ministers? I think not. I think she is quite pleased to see the circles that history plays out.
Her old villa in Malta may be a bit run down while Trudeau is quite pleasing to the eye.
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Well, if she did not see the humor, then her comment tonight was a complete blast at Trudeau and Canada. Is that the Queen's style? To embarrass the Canadian PM in front of all the Commonwealth ministers? I think not. I think she is quite pleased to see the circles that history plays out.
Her old villa in Malta may be a bit run down while Trudeau is quite pleasing to the eye.
Well, I'd be embarassed if I were in Trudeau's shoes and got a line like that from the Queen. In fact, I think Trudeau has been annoying since his meeting with the Queen in London when he made that comment about the "Queen being much taller" the last time the two met.

Quite frankly, Trudeau met the Queen once when he was a boy because of his father. He is trying to imply a degree of initimacy with the Queen that he doesn't have and, to me, that sounds embarassing.

Maybe I am the one not getting the humor after all.
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Well, I'd be embarassed if I were in Trudeau's shoes and got a line like that from the Queen. In fact, I think Trudeau has been annoying since his meeting with the Queen in London when he made that comment about the "Queen being much taller" the last time the two met.

Quite frankly, Trudeau met the Queen once when he was a boy because of his father. He is trying to imply a degree of initimacy with the Queen that he doesn't have and, to me, that sounds embarassing.

Maybe I am the one not getting the humor after all.
Wow...I think you're completely misreading the situation, misunderstanding Trudeau's personality as well as the nature of the Queen's relationship with her Canadian prime ministers. She had quite a history with Pierre Trudeau so I'm pretty sure Justin Trudeau met her more than once.
I think her line about feeling old was typical of a dry sense of humour.

If you read the actual text of Trudeau's toast, it's quite endearing, there's nothing offensive in it. The reference to her feeling old is to the fact that he referred to the various significant dates in Canadian history which the Queen has been a part of (starting with 1935).

Here's the entire text and video of the toast:
Justin Trudeau's toast to the Queen elicits cheeky response - Politics - CBC News

Trudeau later responded to the queen via Twitter: (mentioned in the article too)
"On the contrary, you are forever young. I was honoured to toast your lifetime of service tonight."
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Old 11-27-2015, 10:48 PM
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By Robert Hardman
The Queen indicates Prince Charles is the future of the Brtitish monarchy | Daily Mail Online
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Whisper it, but was this a royal handover? The Queen gives her clearest indication yet that Prince Charles is the future of the monarchy, writes Robert Hardman

Unlike all the other trappings which go with being the British Sovereign, the Commonwealth is not automatic. All agree the Queen has been the single most important factor in keeping the whole thing going. But as she approaches her 90th birthday (and Prince Philip’s 95th), it is acknowledged that thought must be given to the future.

So this trip is about dropping hints and testing waters. Hence the carefully enhanced role for the Prince of Wales at this summit.

As well as sharing the stage with the Queen at the opening ceremony for the first time, the Prince was also invited behind closed doors to address an executive session of the summit – something the Queen has never done.

And last night, as the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall helped the Queen to host her traditional banquet – she had brought her own Commonwealth goblets from London – it was increasingly clear that the future Royal connection is secure. ‘I’m not even sure why there’s a question about it,’ John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, told me. ‘The title should just go with the Crown. The Commonwealth would be insane to think otherwise.’
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I have mixed feelings when I look back on this visit. It seems to me that the Queen traveled to Malta to say goodbye to the Commonwealth, and I don't like it at all, but she is almost 90, so it's quite natural.
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I don't think the Queen will ever really say goodbye to the Commonwealth. She's taken such pride in it, such an abiding interest, that the bonds linking her to those lands overseas will only cease when she does.
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