|The Queen, together with the Duke of
Edinburgh, visited Australia in March
2002 to attend the Commonwealth Heads
of Covernment Meeting (CHOCM)
held in Queensland. The Queen is Head
of the Commonwealth of Nations. This
position implies no constitutional or
executive power and the Queen is accepted by members of the Commonwealth as a symbol of their free association.|
The Queen attended the official
Opening Ceremony for CHOGM 2002
on 2 March and hosted a banquet for the
Heads of Delegation the same evening. A
reception for ministers and senior officials was held the following evening.
CHOCM 2002 was the largest meeting
of international leaders ever held in
Australia. National leaders and senior
delegates from up to 52 Commonwealth
countries attended. They represented
about 25 percent ofthe world's nations and
almost one third of its population.
The purpose of CHOCM is to facilitate
the exchange of ideas and information across cultures and communities. The common goal is to improve the futures of the people of the Commonwealth of Nations.