Nightly News   |  May 07, 2013

Prince Charles to attend Commonwealth meeting

This will be the first time in more than 40 years that Queen Elizabeth will have missed the biennial meeting of Commonwealth presidents and premiers. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> queen elizabeth will not attend this year's commonwealth meetings being held in sri lanka . it's the first time she's missed this gathering in more than 40 years. some in the uk tonight see this as significant. she's instead chosen to send her son prince charles as buckingham palace officials say they are reviewing the amount of long haul travel the queen and prince philip can still undertake. remember the queen is 87, her husband is 92. the british newspaper "the guardian" says this will be seen as a symbolic moment in prince charles ' preparation, as they put it, for kingship.