Her Majesty The Queen unveiled a Commonwealth Walkway marker at Customs Wharf this morning on the last day of her State Visit to Malta. This marked the completion of the first full Walkway in a Commonwealth country, with 21 markers around the city of Valletta, a panoramic panel on the bridge at City Gate, Valletta, and a fully operational app describing the history of Valletta and the various points of interest.
The Queen has always considered Malta to be the only place in the Commonwealth outside the United Kingdom that she can consider as home. Cumulatively she has spent over six months in Malta, largely as a naval officer’s wife between 1949 and 1951 before she became Queen and Head of the Commonwealth.
On the one bright day of the visit, The Queen travelled across the Grand Harbour in a Maltese vessel, while the guns from Upper Barrakka Gardens fired a 21 gun salute and the sailors aboard HMS Bulwark gave her three cheers. She was received by the Minister for Tourism, Dr Edward Zammit Lewis, and later by Hugo Vickers, Chairman of the Outdoor Trust. In a short speech, Hugo Vickers told The Queen that this was the first of the Commonwealth Walkways, that another 11 were in various stages of development, and promised that he and Jim Walker would establish 100 Walkways across the Commonwealth “to further link the family of nations together.”