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Australia turns to visit William and Kate with children as Republic support drops

The Prince and Princess of Wales are in preliminary talks to make an official visit to Australia, their first in eight years, according to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese who added that their three children are welcome to join them.

William and Kate last visited Australia in 2014, where they made a big impression by taking baby Prince George with them.

The royal baby has been dubbed by the national press as the ‘republican killer’ after Australian support for the abolition of the monarchy fell to its lowest level in 35 years before their visit.

Reports of the Welsh traveling to Australia have been circulating for a number of years, with the most recent occurring in 2020, where the couple reportedly wanted to visit to thank the men and women of the rescue services for their work during devastating forest fires.

This, however, was not confirmed by Kensington Palace at the time and the COVID pandemic in March 2020 ruled out any international travel.

Since the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8 at the age of 96 and the accession of her eldest son, King Charles III, speculation has again increased in Australia about an imminent royal visit, speculation which has been confirmed by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during an interview with the British network ITV.

Albanese, a staunch supporter of an Australian republic, told ITV’s Dan Rivers as he prepared to travel to Britain for the Queen’s state funeral on Monday September 19 that any consideration for the his country’s move to form a republic was “a talk for another time” as he drew attention to the late queen’s legacy.

Asked about a possible royal visit from the new King Charles III, Albanese said ‘we haven’t had those discussions’, before confirming that: ‘There have been preliminary discussions about the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales in Australia. .”

When asked if Prince George’s previous reputation as a ‘Republican killer’ would deter him from inviting the three Welsh children, George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4 , to join their parents, the prime minister laughed at the question.

“I hope if they visit they will bring their children with them,” he said.

A recent poll taken since the death of Queen Elizabeth II shows that the majority of Australians favor keeping the monarchy with support for a republican movement down 5 percentage points since 2012.

The results of a survey by Roy Morgan conducted on September 12, 2002, four days after the reign of King Charles, show that 60% of Australians believe the country should remain a monarchy, with 40% voting in favor of a republic.

In a trend that is being replicated in Britain, support for the monarchy is highest among older people, with respondents under 35 being the most evenly split age demographic with 52 per cent in favor of keeping it. of the monarchy and 48% expressing a preference for an Australian republic.

The latest member of the Royal Family to make an official visit to Australia was Princess Anne, who marked the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a series of engagements in the country earlier this year.

Prior to Anne’s visit, the last large-scale tour of the country was undertaken by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018, the year they married and the year the prince held the Invictus Games in Sydney.

If the Welsh were to undertake a visit to the country with their three children, it would probably have to take place during the school holidays, as they recently started at a new school near Windsor Castle.

It was announced earlier this year that children in Wales would start at Lambrook School in Berkshire where they attended their first day on September 8, the day the Queen died.

George and Charlotte are expected to join their parents for their great-grandmother’s state funeral on Monday, after attending Prince Philip’s memorial service in March.

The funeral will be attended by representatives of all nations with which Britain has full diplomatic relations, in an assemblage of world leaders and foreign royals who are unlikely to have been seen in London since the coronation of the queen in 1953.

In addition to Anthony Albanese, President Biden, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden of New Zealand and President Emmanuel Macron of France all confirmed their attendance and paid individual tributes to Britain’s longest-serving reigning monarch.

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