For the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting next month, The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be going to Malta together for the first time in history.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will be given a ceremonial welcome by the President of Malta, Marie Louise Coleiro, at St. George’s Square. The Prime Minister will welcome them on the day of their arrival, 26th November. The Prime Minister, Dr. Joseph Muscat will, also welcome their royal highness the Prince of Wales and the duchess of Cornwall.
The meeting marks the 24th occurence of the event, and will be held at the MCC Valletta. Schools and University will close to commemorate the event on 27th November.
However, this is not the first Royal visit to the island. When she was still a Princess, Elizabeth lived in Malta with her new husband Prince Philip at Villa Guardamangia. Prince Charles also visited the island several times.
Prince Philip is expected to visit the St. Paul’s Cathedral for a thanksgiving service and will meet members of the former Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment.
The Duchess of Cornwall, who is making her first visit in Malta, will attend a literacy programme, a cause she is passionate about, in a school in Zejtun.
Before leaving the island, the Royals are expected to have a boat trip around the Grand Harbour and will visit the race track in Marsa, the Royals all being fans of horse racing.
Malta gained its independence from the Great Britain in 1964, and became republic on 13th December 1974.