Queen Elizabeth arrives in Australia

Queen Elizabeth arrives in Australia

Queen Elizabeth greets crowds in Canberra.

The Queen has touched down in Canberra for her 16th visit to Australia.

Looking immaculate after an 18 hour flight, the 85 year old monarch wore a powder blue coat and matching hat.

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She stepped off her jet arm-in-arm with husband Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and was welcomed by Governor-General Quentin Bryce, ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, and Prime Minister Julia Gillard, accompanied by her partner, Tim Mathieson.

An enthusiastic crowd of around 100 school children, military, and other well-wishers cheered as the Queen arrived on what will likely be her last visit to Australia.

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The Queen’s first stop is visiting Canberra’s Floriade festival tomorrow, and she will go on to visit Brisbane and Melbourne before making her way to Perth for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

The Weekly will be following the Queen on her ten day Australian tour.

Follow our comprehensive online coverage with daily updates from journalist Kerry Warren who is on the tour.

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