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Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Queen Elizabeth II opens Commonwealth meeting in Malta

Queen Elizabeth II opened the Commonwealth summit Friday on the Mediterranean island of Malta — a meeting that will focus on climate change and the threat of extremist violence.

The 89-year-old British monarch praised the accomplishments of the 53-nation Commonwealth and her happy associations with Malta.

"Prince Philip and I first came to live here in Malta in 1949, the year the Commonwealth was founded," she said, hailing a vast advancement in freedom and human rights in the decades since then. "I have been privileged to witness this transformation and to consider its purpose."

The Commonwealth links more than 2 billion people on five...