Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves Australia

29th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II Saturday departed Australia after a hugely successful tour in which she was greeted by tens of thousands of well-wishers.

The 85-year-old monarch arrived in Canberra on October 19 on her first trip to Australia in five years to open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth on Friday.

Based in the national capital for much of the visit, the queen and Prince Philip also toured Brisbane and Melbourne before arriving in Perth for the Commonwealth gathering hosted by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

The British Airways plane carrying the royal couple departed Perth at 0500 GMT.

© 2011 AFP

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