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What Was on Queen Elizabeth II's Royal Itinerary Down Under?

November 1, 2011 at 9:48 AM | by | ()

Making it to Australia before the Qantas shutdown occupied the news, Queen Elizabeth II brought her sensible pastel fashion to the 'Down Under' during her, most likely, final tour of Australia. Her Royal Majesty arrived in Canberra with her beau, Prince Phillip, on October 19th and has had a whirlwind tour since, visiting Brisbane, Melbourne, and Perth.

Her chartered British Airways 777 touched down in the Australian capital and after a few minutes of Royal palm waving, Elizabeth Regina II (her birth name), met with Julia Gillard, Australia's first female prime minister. Talk about girl power!

After, no doubt, numerous courtesies and royal galas, QEII flew on to Brisbane to tour the River City. While in "Bris-Vegas," she had a ride on a CityCat, which is public transportation via catamaran. We aren't going to lie—that's pretty awesome. This river tour ended at the riverside man-made beach called Southbank.

After giving much credit to victims of the recent Brisbane natural disasters, HRM continued her tour down to Melbourne. Now, we know this is the cafe capital of Australia, so we would've recommended she find a cute little alleyway to sit down and sip a flat white instead of English Breakfast tea. Like that's ever going to happen.

Melbourne also happens to be the fashion mecca of Oz, and the Queen did wear sensible pink for two different cities, so a trip to the premier department store, David Jones, may have been in the royal agenda. And naturally she tried the public transportation here as well, riding the aptly name "Royal" iconic tram.

From Melbourne the Queen flew to Perth for the Commonwealth Summit, CHOGM, where she addressed the leaders of 54 nations. Her West Coast visit also brought her to the Big Aussie Barbecue charity event, as it's not just a stereotypes but true that Aussies love BBQs.

The Queen then departed Perth back to London making a bit more history by pushing the boundaries of the Boeing 777 by flying non-stop back home. The 85- year old monarch would have racked up plenty of frequent flier miles on this trip, but we imagine she isn't fussed about the upgrades.

[Photo: Sydney Morning Herald]

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