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The Queen and Australia

Find out more about The Queen's role in Australia, view photographs of past visits and read the latest information on Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

In 2012, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Australia as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Find out more about events taking place in Australia to mark the Jubilee on the Prime Minister's website.

Australia is a constitutional monarchy with The Queen as Sovereign.

In the course of 60 years on the throne, The Queen has developed a very personal relationship with Australia through regular visits. She has travelled throughout the different states to meet people from all cultures, walks of life and regions of this enormous and fascinating country.

As a constitutional monarch, The Queen, by convention, is not involved in the day-to-day business of the Australian Government, but she continues to play important ceremonial and symbolic roles.

The Queen's relationship to Australia is unique. In all her duties, Her Majesty speaks and acts as Queen of Australia, and not as Queen of the United Kingdom.

The Queen's Royal style and title in Australia is Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.

The Queen has been a regular visitor to Australia throughout her reign.

In 16 visits, The Queen has celebrated all aspects of Australian culture and life, from sheep farms to natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef, and from the triumph of Olympic and Commonwealth sporting meetings to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and tradition.

The Queen visited Australia in:
1954, 1963, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2011.

Read more about The Queen's role in Australia on the British Monarchy website