Royal Family news: Buckingham Palace shares historic photo of Queen visiting Australia | Royal | News (Reports)


The image was posted on the official Royal Family Twitter account and received more than 4,500 likes. It shows Queen Elizabeth II in Hobart, Tasmania, inspecting a guard of honour at Prince’s Wharf.

Elizabeth had been due to visit Australia in 1952 as part of a royal tour.

However, whilst in Kenya in February the princess received the news that her father, King George VI, had passed away at Sandringham House.

As a result Elizabeth returned to the UK to mourn her father and assume her new role as head of state.

On June 2 1953 her coronation took place at Westminster Abbey.

Later that year the new Queen embarked on a major tour of the commonwealth.

During this time, she visited Bermuda, Jamaica, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Sir Lanka, Uganda and Malta.

Her time in Australia lasted from February 3 to April 1 during which she spent time in Hobart.

The photo was posted to mark Australia Day, the official national day of Australia, which commemorates the arrival of the first British fleet in 1788.

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Of the 1,222 surveyed 40 percent backed the monarchy whilst 34 percent wanted an elected head of state.

In 1999 Australia voted in a referendum against becoming a republic by 55 percent of the vote to 45 percent.

Ipsos director Jessica Elgood said the latest poll indicates changing Australia’s head of state is not a priority for most Australians.

She said: “There’s no sense of momentum around the move to Australia becoming a republic at the moment.

“Clearly at the turn of the century, with the referendum, there was so much more attention to the public debate.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Australia in 2018 as part of a four-nation royal tour, during which Meghan revealed she was pregnant with her first child.

However, the couple stepped down as working members of the Royal Family in March 2020 and moved to California.



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