QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND PRINCE PHILIP CONTINUE THEIR VISIT TO AUSTRALIA

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.

Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers from children in Canberra (pohto: pool/Getty Images)

After church on Sunday, October 23, 2011, the Queen went on a walkabout in Canberra, Australia (pohto: pool/Getty Images)

The Queen, accompanied by Prince Philip, waves upon their arrival in Brisbane, Australia, October 24, 2011 (photo: Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II and Anna Bligh, the Premier of Queensland, October 24, 2011 (photo: Pool/Getty Images)

The Queen and Prince Philip in Brisbane, October 24, 2011 (photo: Pool/Getty Images)

The Queen and one of her famous handbags (photo: Pool/Getty Images)

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