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Queen Elizabeth feels too old for modernity

Britain's Queen Elizabeth said Wednesday she sometimes felt too old to cope with the rapidly changing modern world.

The 71-year-old monarch said it was time for the younger generation to take the lead in furthering relations between Pakistan and Britain."I sometimes sense that the world is changing far too fast for its inhabitants, at least for us older ones," she said in a speech to the Pakistani Senate and National Assembly.

"It is the younger generation who must lead the way in fostering our friendship."

There have been suggestions in Britain that the monarchy should skip a generation, with the crown passing to the queen's grandson Prince William, 15, rather than to her son Prince Charles.

But the queen made it clear she was talking about young people in general rather than the royal family.

"People like the youngsters from Bradford, for whom being British and Pakistani is a way of life; like your outstanding cricketers playing for both English counties and the Pakistani national team.

"Like our young parliamentarians, learning from each other; like our young soldiers, sharing U.N. (United Nations) duties in war-torn areas around the world."

The queen was speaking on the second day of her visit to Pakistan, timed to mark the 50th anniversary of its independence from British rule.

From here, she will go to India, also celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence from Britain.

Officials say her trip is also meant as a gesture to the more than 500,000 Britons who are of Pakistani origin.

In her speech, the queen said British and Pakistani cultures complemented each other "in ways that might surprise us."

"A distinctive new identity - that of British Moslem - has emerged. I find that healthy and welcome."

The queen also stressed the importance of trade and investment as an area where Britain and Pakistan could work together.

"Here British companies are showing their firm commitment, and we are already one of the biggest investors here."