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Queen to miss Commonwealth Games in India

Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen is the head of the Commonwealth

The Queen will not attend the Commonwealth Games in India in October, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

It will be the first time in decades she will not be at the sporting event - previously she has attended at some point during the games, either for the opening or closing ceremony.

Prince Charles will represent the Royal Family instead.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen would not be able to attend because of the volume of her engagements this autumn.

A spokesman said he could not yet give details of the events that would prevent the Queen from attending the games.

Some 71 nations are expected to take part in the Commonwealth Games, which open on 3 October.

It will be the biggest multi-sport event in India since the Asian Games in 1982.

The Queen is the head of the Commonwealth, which marked its 60th anniversary in 2009.

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