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Uncertainty as to whether the Duchess of Cornwall will attend the Commonwealth Games

There is uncertainty surrounding whether the Duchess of Cornwall will be attending the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April alongside her husband and brother-in-law.

The Prince of Wales and the Earl of Wessex are confirmed to be attending the games which will be held on Australia’s Gold Coast in a couple of months time.

Queensland Premier ­Annastacia Palaszczuk invited both the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to attend the event last March, however, it appears that the Prince will be flying solo.

It is known that Camilla isn’t a fan of long-haul travel, and only recently returned from a tour of Asia.

A spokesperson for the Office of the Commonwealth Games says that they haven’t been informed of any changes to the couple’s travel plans.


While representing The Queen, Prince Charles will officially open the games and read out The Queen’s customary message which will call upon athletes to come together in the spirit of competition.

The Queen’s message is currently in a baton going on a 388-day journey across all the nations and territories of the Commonwealth. The message launched at Buckingham Palace in March 2017.

Prince Charles has attended the Commonwealth Games seven times. He last opened the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games on behalf of The Queen alongside the then Indian President Pratibha Patil. The Queen, as patron, declared the Glasgow 2014 Games open.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall last visited Queensland in 2012 during a stopover in Longreach.

More recently, the Duke of York has visited Australia, conducting a two-week tour of the nation.

Prince Edward will also be attending the Commonwealth Games in his capacity as Vice Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

In total, 70 Commonwealth nations and territories will be taking part in the games with the sporting action getting underway on April 4.

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