Some years ago Australia was in the grip of republican fever, when many Australians were pushing for Australia to ‘grow up’ and stop being part of the British Commonwealth and give up Queen Elizabeth as Head of State. There was a badly worded referendum that leaned the wrong way and confused as many people as not and the result was ‘NO republic’ and we Australians remained in the clutches of the British Monarchy, with the British ‘Union Jack’ emblem being a major part of our national flag. (At least we had stopped singing ‘God Save the Queen’ as our National anthem!).
Under the leadership of the execrable ‘Liberal’ (Ha!) John Howard, we remained true to Her Majesty and continued to swear allegiance to her - whether she cared or not. Then we had a change in government, but the fire had gone out for the republican campaigners and not much progress was made.
And now we have an almost worse Liberal (Ha!) leader who has not only ignored any thought of independence, but has reinstated Imperial Honours, so that we now have one Dame and one Sir: Knighthoods for heavens’ sake.
Many were not amused.
But, wait, just as the populace was starting to stir and think once more of pulling away from the ‘mother country’, the beautiful couple – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his lovely wife, Catherine, (Wills & Kate) together with their charming little baby, George, arrived on our shores and the people were mesmerised.
There was worship in the air and Australians of all persuasions flocked to see this beautiful couple and (if they were lucky) the baby as well. If not able to physically see the visitors, there was plenty of TV coverage of every movement of the little family.
Kate’s fashion sense was discussed at length and each designer of her clothes noted. Copies of Kate’s dresses were available in the shops within the week and were sold out.
Pictures were taken and speeches made and little George, being the cute baby that he is, wooed the masses and now any thought of Australia becoming a republic in the near future has been shot to ribbons.
Whether that was the point of this visit or not is not the question. The result, however, is undeniable.
Beautiful people – and they do seem to be lovely in manner as well as looks – have won us over. And I think that baby George is adorable!
See? We’ve all got it!
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