On Sunday, October 23, 2011, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh continued their official visit to Australia. On this day, the Queen and Prince Philip attended church in Canberra. Afterwards, they went on a walkabout and greeted cheering crowds. On Monday, October 24, 2011, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh left Canberra and arrived in Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city. Nine months ago, 30,000 homes in Brisbane were submerged in floods. The Queen paid tribute to the “resilience and courage of Queenslanders who bravely picked up their lives and rebuilt them.” The queen also thanked Brisbane for the enthusiastic reception, commending their “energy and optimism.” Thousands greeted the royal couple, packing the banks of the Brisbane River.