7 May 2013

Queen not attending Commonwealth meeting

10:05 pm on 7 May 2013

The Queen will not be attending this year's Commonwealth heads of government meeting for the first time since 1973.

She will be represented by Prince Charles at the gathering in Sri Lanka in November.

The BBC's royal correspondent says the reason is the Queen's age - she is 87 - and the need to limit overseas travel.

Every two years Commonwealth leaders meet to discuss global issues.