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British Queen to attend Cabinet meeting in historic first

Published on Dec 17, 2012 10:26 PM
 
In a file picture taken on June 21, 2011, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (left) poses with British Prime Minister David Cameron as she arrives at 10 Downing Street in central London. The 86-year-old sovereign is to attend a British Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Downing Street announced, the first such visit in more than a century. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Queen Elizabeth II is to attend a British Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Downing Street announced, the first such visit in more than a century.

Historically, monarchs used to chair Cabinet meetings but the last one to exercise their right to attend was Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth's great-great grandmother, who died in 1901.

The 86-year-old sovereign is going to the prime minister's Downing Street residence to receive a diamond jubilee gift from the Cabinet, marking her 60 years on the throne, and will also sit in on their meeting as an observer.

Cabinet meetings usually last around an hour and a half, and the queen will attend for at least 30 minutes, Buckingham Palace said.

 
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