PREMIER Anna Bligh says the Queen's one-day visit to Queensland in October is ''great news'' for the state, which is still recovering from a summer of disasters.
The Queen has added day trips to Brisbane and Melbourne to her 10-day Australian itinerary that coincides with her appearance at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth from October 28-30.
She will visit Brisbane with the Duke of Edinburgh on October 24, the couple's first trip to the state since the CHOGM 2002, held in Coolum.
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''I know Prince William's visit really gave people a shot in the arm after the terrible disasters that we had and I'm sure that people will feel the same when they see Queen Elizabeth here in late October,'' Ms Bligh said.
''I'm sure there are many people who've had a tough 2011 and having a visit from the reigning monarch will mean a lot to a lot of Queenslanders.''
Read more at the Brisbane Times.
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