Queen and Duke of Edinburgh travel to Malta for three-day tour

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:14 GMT, Nov 26, 2015 |

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are set to arrive in Malta later for a three-day tour.

The royal couple lived on the island as newlyweds before the Queen’s accession to the throne, and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary there in 2007.

The monarch will open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) in the capital Valletta during the visit.

British High Commissioner to Malta Rob Luke said the Royal Family had an “enduring affection” for the country.

The Queen and duke will be greeted by Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat at the airport and will then receive a ceremonial welcome, attended by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, in Valletta.

The couple will be meeting some former associates from the time they spent on the island, from 1949 to 1951, during the visit.