According to Peter Ker, the Commonwealth Games reporter for The Age, 6 May 2005 ,The Queen will attend the opening ceremony of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.
The Prime Minister John Howard made this announcement on Melbourne radio, and the Melbourne based Monarchist Alliance brought this to our attention. Buckingham Palace is yet to confirm the Queen’s attendance, but is expected to do so soon.
It is of course highly appropriate that The Queen, who is the Head of The Commonwealth, should open the Games. The Premier, Mr Steve Bracks had previously expressed the wish that Her Majesty perform this function. The Queen, and members of her family will be warmly welcomed by participants, visitors and by Australians generally.
Until next time,