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Queen celebrates Commonwealth contribution at palace reception

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Prime Minister Theresa May and Boris Johnson made a surprise visit to the event.

The Queen is the head of the Commonwealth (Ben Stansall/PA)

The Queen has celebrated the contribution of the Commonwealth diaspora to the UK at a glittering Buckingham Palace reception attended by the Prince of Wales and Prime Minister.

Charles, Camilla, Theresa May and Boris Johnson made a surprise visit to the event which heralds the start of a series of major Commonwealth events this year culminating in a heads of government meeting for global leaders in London this April.

The Queen speaks to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, left (Jonathan Brady/PA)
The Queen speaks to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, left (Jonathan Brady/PA)
The Prince of Wales meets rugby players Mako and Billy Vunipola (Jonathan Brady/PA)
The Prince of Wales meets rugby players Mako and Billy Vunipola (Jonathan Brady/PA)

But the Commonwealth Secretariat has denied that a high level group of Commonwealth officials has met in London to consider who might follow the monarch. 

The Queen greets Prime Minister Theresa May (Jonathan Brady/PA)
The Queen greets Prime Minister Theresa May (Jonathan Brady/PA)

He is likely to use the opportunity of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April as an opportunity to meet leaders and discuss common issues.

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