Kalmadi says OC is okay with Queen skipping Games

The Organising Committee of the Commonwealth Games is fine with Queen Elizabeth II skipping the event in October and is ready to welcome Prince Charles as representative of the royal family, OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi said.

Last Updated: May 30, 2010, 17:54 PM IST

New Delhi: The Organising Committee of the
Commonwealth Games is fine with Queen Elizabeth II skipping
the event in October and is ready to welcome Prince Charles as
representative of the royal family, OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi said.

After a spokesperson for the Buckingham Palace today said
that the Queen has a tight autumn schedule and cannot attend
the October 3 to 14 Games, Kalmadi said OC had this prior
knowledge.

Speaking from Pune, Kalmadi said, "Yes, the Queen
has confirmed it to us that Prince Charles will be coming as
her representative. We are alright with it.”

"The Queen had attended the Baton Relay Ceremony at
Buckingham palace and this time she is sending the Prince,"
Kalmadi said.

"Also Prince Edwards, the Earl of Wessex, will be coming
as vice patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation. Charles
would represent the Queen and it`s okay," Kalmadi, also the
President of the Indian Olympic Association, said.

It will be for the first time in 44 years that Queen
will miss the Commonwealth Games.

PTI