May 7

Prince Charles to represent Queen at Commonwealth meeting


The monarch is "starting to take account of her age" and is likely to scale back the extent of her overseas trips, reported The (London)  Daily Telegraph's Chief Reporter on 7 April 2013.


The Queen is set to miss the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka, for the first time in 40 years, after Buckingham Palace confirmed it is reviewing the long haul flights taken by the Monarch.

The move is important given the Queen's long standing involvement in the Commonwealth, says Gordon Rayner, The Telegraph's Chief Reporter, said.

"The Commonwealth is one of the Queen's proudest achievements, of anything she has done during her reign.

"So for her to not go is quite a significant moment, and I think it marks a step-change in the way that the Queen is going to be carrying out her royal duties," he said.


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