Accompanied by Prince Phillip, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has arrived in Canberra for a five day tour during which she'll officially open the Commonwealth Games.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh examine the Queen's Baton at Buckingham Palace.
Wearing a white jacket, yellow skirt and white hat, the Queen accepted flowers from a welcoming crowd of about 400 people including Governor-General Michael Jeffery, his wife Marlena, Prime Minister John Howard and Janette Howard.
Well-wishers sang "God save the Queen" and a refugee from northern Africa, Aguil De'chut, performed a traditional Sudanese chant.
"Australia is a wonderful country and the Queen is part of that," said Ms De'chut.
The Queen heads to Sydney tomorrow and will visit the Opera House before arriving in Melbourne for Wednesday's Games Opening Ceremony.
Meanwhile, Prince Edward has attended a church service at the landmark St Paul's Anglican cathedral on Flinders Street.
He was greeted at the entrance of the century old cathedral by the Dean of Melbourne, the Reverend David Richardson, where the Prince commented on the delightful weather.
Members of the Namibia Commonwealth Games team and Games volunteers were among the congregation of 400 people.
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