The Queen has travelled more than any other Sovereign in history. During her reign, her overseas visits have helped strengthen diplomatic bonds between the United Kingdom and other countries.
Her Majesty currently undertakes one or two overseas visits each year, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh. She is supported in her official role by other members of the Royal Family who regularly tour the realms (Commonwealth countries which have The Queen as their Head of State) and member countries of the Commonwealth on her behalf.
Her Majesty's first official overseas visit was to South Africa in 1947. Since then, overseas visits have become one of her most important duties. During her reign, The Queen has visited more than 60 foreign governments.