President confirms Queen Elizabeth to visit

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip, will indeed visit Latvia in October, President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga’s press office has confirmed.

The news agency LETA broke the news early in January, but official sources at the time did not confirm the report. The British royalty are coming to Latvia at the invitiation of Vīke-Freiberga, the president’s press office said Jan. 25.

This will be the queen’s first visit to Latvia.

The queen and duke also will visit Estonia and Lithuania, Buckingham Palace announced.

Queen Elizabeth II turns 80 in April.

(UPDATED 26 JAN 2006)

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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