QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA FOR AN OFFICIAL 10 DAY VISIT

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh have arrived in Canberra, Australia.  This marks the monarch’s 16th visit to Australia since 1954.  At 85 and 90 years of age respectively, it may also mark the final visit to Australia of the Queen, and more like, Prince Philip.  The last time Queen Elizabeth II, who is Queen of Australia, was last in the country was in 2008.   The royal couple arrived in Canberra, the Australian capital, and were greeted by throngs f people waving flags from the banks of the central lake of Canberra where the Queen and Prince Philip rode on a motor boat to a flower show.  There is a growing debate in Australia about whether Queen Elizabeth II should be the country’s last monarch, but on the first day of the Queen’s visit there was ample evidence that she remains a popular figure among many Australians.  The royal couple did not show any sign of fatigue despite having just arrived from a long journey the day before and having to adjust to the eleven hour time difference.  The first full day of the visit began in Canberra with the Queen and Prince Philip’s visit to the Canberra flower show and a stroll on the grounds of Government House.

After a long flight from London, a sprightly and fit 85 year-old Queen Elizabeth and 90-year-old Prince Philip descend the airplane steps upon their arrival in Australia's capital, Canberra, October 19, 2011 (photo: Andrew Meares/The Sydney Morning Herald/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh greet the crowds upon their arrival in Canberra, Australia, October 19, 2011 (photo: Andrew Meares/The Sydney Morning Herald/Getty Images)

The Queen of Australia, Elizabeth II, visiting the land down under, October 20, 2011 (photo: Cole Bennetts/Getty Images)

Looking relaxed after their long journey from London, the Queen and Prince Philip enjoy a cruise on Lake Burley Griffin in sunny Canberra, Australia's capital, October 20, 2011 (photo: Rick Rycroft/AFP Photo/Getty Images)

The Queen and Prince Philip cruising on a navy barge in Canberra on the first full day of their 10 day official visit to Australia (photo: Rick Rycroft/AFP Photo/Getty Images)

The Queen riding a solar powered people mover in Canberra, during the first day of her 10 day tour of Australia, October 20, 2011 (photo: Rick Rycroft/AFP Photo/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers during a stroll on the grounds of Government House, Canberra, Australia, October 20, 2011 (photo: Rick Rycroft/AFP Photo/Getty Images)

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