Queen Elizabeth’s Most Visited Country Isn’t What You Think

Queen Elizabeth is one of the most well-traveled monarchs in the world. And that distinction makes a lot of sense — after an impressive 65 years on the throne, the longest reign in British history, she’s had plenty of time to visit hundreds of countries. She’s been to many of them multiple times.

Her Majesty’s first royal trip to Kenya in 1952 kicked off a lifetime of travel including visits to more than 120 different countries during her reign. But she hasn’t been to every country (there are two surprising places she’s never visited) and she traveled to one destination way more often than others.

Can you guess what it is?

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The queen’s most-visited country isn’t even in Europe

It would be simple for Queen Elizabeth to pop over to different countries in the EU — after all, those places are geographically convenient for royal visits. But in reality, Her Majesty has traveled to Canada more than she’s visited any other country in the world. Who would have thought the most-visited destination would be in North America?

Since her coronation, Queen Elizabeth has visited Canada 27 times in an official royal capacity. Her second most-visited country is Australia, but she’s only been there 16 times, so it’s not even close.

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There’s one country Queen Elizabeth has never visited

Since there are currently 195 countries in the world, that means Queen Elizabeth has not visited several of them. But one place in particular stands out. The queen has never visited Israel because of tension between that country and the Palestinian Authority. Surprisingly, Prince William was the first British royal to break the tradition of avoiding Israel when he attended a royal visit in 2018.

A second country Queen Elizabeth avoids that no one would guess is Greece. This is particularly interesting since her husband, Prince Philip, was born there. But her husband’s association with the area is precisely why Queen Elizabeth avoids it. Since the Duke of Edinburgh has bad blood with his Greek roots, Her Majesty avoids visiting Greece as a sign of respect to him.

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The queen doesn’t travel as much anymore

Though Queen Elizabeth doesn’t travel as much as she used to, she’s still very active in her royal duties even though she’s 93. But it’s clear that she’s slowly transitioning the monarchy into the next stage, relinquishing her demanding travel schedule to the younger generations. Now it’s Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry and their families going on the big trips.

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When the queen does travel, she insists on sticking to a routine just like she does at home. It’s not surprising to hear that Queen Elizabeth goes everywhere with a royal entourage. But the thing that is a little intriguing is how Her Majesty insists that the royal bagpiper goes with her everywhere.

The queen’s husband Prince Philip retired from royal duties in 2017, which relieved him from the responsibility of accompanying his wife on royal visits and appearances. But he does sometimes show up to greet the adoring public.