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Queen Elizabeth visits Australian War Memorial


14:05, October 25, 2011

Queen Elizabeth ll and her husband Prince Philip (left) escorted by General Peter Cosgrove, Chairman of the Australian War Memorial Board, visited the War Memorial in Canberra, Australia on Oct. 25, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

CANBERRA, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday morning attended a short ceremony at Australian War Memorial in Canberra, where she paid tribute to Australia's war dead by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Wet conditions did not deter a few hundreds of people from gathering outside the War Memorial to see the Queen and Prince Phillip arrive.

The Queen, who wore a light-khaki colored coat and matching hat, was taken on a tour of the Roll of Honour, which records and commemorates the names of Australia's war dead. She paused at the list of Australian soldiers who have died in the Afghanistan conflict since 2002.

She laid a wreath of red poppies in remembrance. The Queen bowed her head during a minute's silence to honor the more than 100,000 Australians who have died in war.

Following the ceremony, the royal couple attended a reception for members of the Australian Defence Force, including Defence Chief General David Hurley.

The Queen also accepted floral bouquets from dozens of children on her departure from the memorial.

Ahead of the visit, the Memorial's Carol Cartwright spoke of the honor of having the Queen return.

"We're delighted that she's made time in her quite busy schedule to come and remember and reflect on those previous visits, " Cartwright told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.

It is the Queen's fifth visit to the War Memorial.

The Queen will head to Melbourne of Victoria on Wednesday to open the new Royal Children's Hospital.

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