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The Queen’s visits

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The Queen has travelled more than any other Sovereign in history. Find out more about overseas visits undertaken by Her Majesty since 1952

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh wave to well wishers from the top of the aircraft steps, at Perth International Airport in western Australia, before boarding their flight home after an eleven-day tour of Australia, 2011. © Press Association

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh wave to well wishers from the top of the aircraft steps, at Perth International Airport in western Australia, before boarding their flight home after an eleven-day tour of Australia, 2011. © Press Association

Since Her Majesty’s first official overseas visit to South Africa in 1947, as Princess Elizabeth, overseas visits have become one of her most important duties.

The Queen pays two outward State visits each year, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh. She also regularly tours her other realms and member countries of the Commonwealth.

During her reign, The Queen has visited countries which no other British monarch has ever visited.

Historic firsts have included the first State visits by a reigning monarch to China in 1986, Russia in October 1994, Brunei and Malaysia in 1998, and Korea in 1999.

Another historic visit was a six-day State visit to South Africa in April 1995, the first since 1947 following the end of apartheid.

Latterly, The Queen has paid State visits to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in October 2006, and State visits to Slovenia and Slovakia in October 2008.

Her Majesty paid a State visit to The United States of America to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement in May 2007.

In March 2006 The Queen visited Australia and Singapore for the Commonwealth Games, and in 2007 The Queen was present at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Uganda.

Commonwealth visits during The Queen’s reign
Click here to view a list of every visit undertaken to a Commonwealth country by The Queen since 1952.

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings
Click here to view a list of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGMs) the Queen has attended during her reign. The dates are the full dates of the CHOGM Meetings, along with the host cities.

Outward State visits since 1952
Click here to view a list of every outbound State visit undertaken by The Queen during her reign. On each occasion, Her Majesty was accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh.

Inward State Visits during The Queen’s reign
Click here to view a list of every inbound State visit which has taken place since Her Majesty’s accession to the throne.

Pinning The Queen’s History
Click here to find out more about how you can contribute to an online gallery celebrating Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

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