Queen opens CHOGM in Malta

  • 28/11/2015
Britain's Queen Elizabeth attends a dinner at the Corinthia Palace Hotel in Attard, near Valletta, Malta (AAP)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth attends a dinner at the Corinthia Palace Hotel in Attard, near Valletta, Malta (AAP)

By Lloyd Jones

The Queen has officially opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta, saying she was "enormously proud" of the global body's achievements over more than six decades.

At the opening ceremony in the Maltese capital Valletta on Friday (local time) she said she had come to live in Malta with her husband Prince Philip in 1949, the same year the Commonwealth was founded.

She said that after more than 60 years as head of the Commonwealth "I feel enormously proud of what the Commonwealth has achieved".

The Queen said she was indebted to Prince Philip for his "boundless energy and commitment" to the Commonwealth over that time.

She also praised outgoing Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma for his eight years of "dedicated service" to the grouping.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is among representatives of 53 Commonwealth countries attending.

Climate change is high on the agenda for the leaders' meetings on Friday and Saturday but the fight against violent extremism is also expected to be a key point of discussion after the Paris terror attacks.

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