QUEEN ELIZABETH II PRAISES AUSTRALIA DURING HER SECOND FULL DAY OF HER OFFICIAL VISIT

During the second full day of her 10 day official visit to Australia, Queen Elizabeth II praised the country, saying that “ever since I first came here in 1954, I have watched Australia grow and develop at an extraordinary rate.”   In her first speech of the visit, the Queen spoke in tribute of the nation as a “prosperous, energetic and dynamic” country that has made “dramatic progress economically, in social, scientific and industrial endeavours – and, above all, in self-confidence.”  The speech was given at a parliamentary reception at Parliament House.  Queen Elizabeth also praised Australia’s armed forces.  Two Australian soldiers who fought in Afghanistan recently have won the Victoria Cross, the highest military award for valor  in the face of the enemy awarded to members of the former British Empire territories and Commonwealth countries.

The Queen addressing her Australian subjects in Canberra, the capital of Australia, October 21, 2011 (photo: Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II during a parliamenttary reception at Parliament House, Canberra, Australia, Ocotber 21, 2011 (photo: The Herald Sun/AP)

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