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Queen and Duke to visit Bermuda

The Queen visiting Bermuda in 1994
The Queen last visited the island in 1994

The Queen is to visit Bermuda on a three-day tour to mark the 400th anniversary of the island's settlement.

There had been speculation that a diplomatic spat between Bermuda and the UK might have put the royal trip to the British overseas territory in doubt.

In June, Bermuda angered the British government by failing to consult them on a decision to resettle four Guantanamo detainees on a US request.

The Queen will be accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh on the November trip.

Events are expected to be staged to mark the anniversary but no details of the royal itinerary have been released yet.

After, the royal couple will travel to Trinidad and Tobago, where the Queen will open the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

'No risk'

The deal to allow the four men - Chinese Muslim Uighurs - to be transferred to the territory was agreed by the US and the Bermudan government.

CHINA'S UIGHURS
Map
Ethnically Turkic Muslims, mainly in Xinjiang
Made bid for independent state in 1940s
Sporadic violence in Xinjiang since 1991
Uighurs worried about Chinese immigration and erosion of traditional culture

US authorities had concluded the former detainees were not enemy combatants.

The Foreign Office said the department had completed a security assessment of the men with the Bermuda Police Service and concluded they did not pose a "significant risk" to Bermuda.

Britain handles Bermuda's defence, security and foreign affairs, but it delegates the authority to make decisions on immigration to Bermuda.

The Queen and the Duke have visited Bermuda together four times, most recently in 1994.

Settlement on Bermuda began after a British ship was wrecked off the island in 1609 and the crew landed on the outpost.



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