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May 07, 2013

Queen Elizabeth to Miss Commonwealth Meeting

by VOA News

Britain's Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth will not attend the Commonwealth heads of government meeting this year.

The palace said Tuesday it will be the first time the 87-year-old monarch has missed the meeting since 1971.

The queen is sending her son, Prince Charles, to represent her at the gathering in Sri Lanka in November.

Observers say the move is seen as a reflection of the monarch's age and her efforts to reduce her long-distance travel.