Three-day tour by UK head of state celebrates island's 400th anniversary; Bermuda Premier and business community meet UK foreign secretary.

Queen Elizabeth II has visited Bermuda to mark the 400th anniversary of the island’s settlement.

The British head of state, accompanied by her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, received a ceremonial welcome in Kings’ Square, St George, on Tuesday at the start of a three day visit.

She was met by Bermuda’s Premier Ewart Brown and was greeted by large crowds.

The visit is a reminder of Bermuda’s status as a self-governing British Overseas Territory, which gives Queen Elizabeth the title of head of state of Bermuda. The subject of Bermuda’s status and independence has been a contentious one in the island’s politics.

On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth is expected to meet Bermuda’s senior politicians at Government House before attending a thanksgiving service to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Bermuda’s settlement.

The Queen is also accompanied by the UK’s Foreign Secretary David Milliband who was due to attend a working breakfast hosted by the Bermuda Premier Ewart Brown on Wednesday morning. The Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance Paula Cox and the Financial Secretary Donald Scott were also expected to attend along with representatives from the island's reinsurance, finance and business communities.

Later, the Queen will travel by ferry to the West End Development Corporation where they will view a children’s performance depicting Bermuda through the ages and a fashion parade of historic clothing. In the afternoon, Queen Elizabeth will officially open a ‘Mural of Bermuda’ at the Maritime Museum.

In the evening, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will attend a state banquet with Premier Ewart Brown and Governor Sir Richard Gozney. On Thursday, the Queen will plant a tree at Government House before departing for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad.