Being in Malta surely reminded the Queen of her early days on the island with Prince Philip, which prompted her to praise her husband's "boundless energy and commitment" throughout her time as head of the Commonwealth, for which she is "indebted." While opening the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on Friday (Nov. 27), Prince Charles was also the source of great pride for his mother.
In what could be her last speech to the leaders of the Commonwealth, the Queen said, "For more than six decades of being head of the Commonwealth, a responsibility I have cherished, I have had the fortune of the constancy of the Duke of Edinburgh."
She added, "Prince Philip has brought boundless energy and commitment, for which I am indebted."
The Queen, 89, also offered praise to her son, the Prince of Wales, who was sitting in the audience with his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall. Her Majesty said that she could not "wish to have been better supported and represented in the Commonwealth than by the Prince of Wales who continues to give so much to it with great distinction."
Charles has accompanied his mother on the three-day visit to Malta, and is also expected to stand in for the Queen on the next two Commonwealth gatherings.
Every two years a meeting of the CHOGM is held at locations throughout the Commonwealth and this year it is in Malta. The Queen usually attends, during which she has a series of private meetings with the Commonwealth countries' leaders.
A lavish reception and dinner are also held at which Her Majesty delivers a speech.
The trip will offer a walk down memory lane for the Queen, who lived on the island for a brief period before her reign, when she was still Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip was stationed there as a serving Royal Navy officer.