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The Canadian Press

Valletta, Malta: A summit of Commonwealth leaders is underway in Malta, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is rubbing shoulders with royalty.

Trudeau took part in a lunch with Queen Elizabeth, the 89-year-old monarch who royal watchers say may be attending her last Commonwealth meeting.

The summits are only held every two years and the next two are scheduled to be far from Europe.

In recent years, the Queen has avoided long-distance travel.

Trudeau met outside the conference with Prince Charles and the prime minister is to deliver the toast to the Queen at the Friday night leaders’ dinner.

French President Francois Hollande is to deliver an unusual address on climate issues to the Commonwealth meeting in advance of next week’s Paris climate talks.