The Queen is planning a unique family trip to Malta with her three heirs, the Daily Mail reports today.

She plans to bring Princes Charles, William and baby George to Malta for the Commonwealth summit in November, the newspaper claims.  It will be the first time the  monarch and three heirs have gone abroad together. 

Last year Prince Charles stepped in to represent his mother at the biannual CHOGM gathering in Sri Lanka after the Queen decided to scale back on long-haul travel given her age.  But aides have apparently convinced the Queen that the three-hour journey by air to Malta is 'just like an internal flight'.

The Queen has something of a soft spot for Malta, having lived here with Prince Philip lived for several months during the early days of their marriage. She has since visited several times, notably for her sixtieth wedding anniversary. 

Prince William's visit to Malta attracted prominent coverage in the UK media yesterday and today, but a Sky News correspondent yesterday commented that more tourists than Maltese had turned up to see the prince, with the Maltese more keen to see his wife, who cancelled her trip because of acute morning sickness.

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