It is a bittersweet moment for Queen Elizabeth II. She is visiting a country she loves on what may be her final trip to an organization she cherishes — one that might struggle without her.
The 89-year-old British monarch arrived Thursday in the Mediterranean island of Malta, where she once lived as a young princess, for a summit of the Commonwealth, the post-colonial international alliance she has helped for decades to unite.
Between 1949 and 1951, Elizabeth's husband Prince Philip was stationed on the island as a Royal Navy officer, and she lived as a military wife, rather than a duty-burdened heir to the throne.
"She was able to drive her own car...