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This is one of our three sections on the ACM site on Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge  and now also Prince George.

Prince William and Prince George are second and third in the line of succession to the Australian throne.

This section is about  their visits to Australia and New Zealand, as well as any news particularly relating them to Australia and New Zealand.

The reports here are in chronological order and go back to 2007.

You can find the latest details of the 2014 Royal Visit below the first image.

 We have adopted the hash tag #RoyalVisitAus   -   do  use this in the social media.

 

 Photo: For the  #RoyalVisitAus  here is a close-up of the photo below of Prince William and Catherine - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - with their baby son Prince George as well as cocker spaniel Lupo.

The latest  official schedule for the Royal Visit of Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and baby Prince George follows:-

As with previous Royal Visits, ACM will be offering regular news and commentary. We have adopted the hash tag #RoyalVisitAus  and we encourage you to use this in the social media.  

 

•April 16 - Sydney: Arrive and attend reception at the Sydney Opera House.

•April 17 - Sydney: Fire-ravaged street in Blue Mountains.

•April 18 - Sydney: Attend the Royal Easter Show, visit a children’s hospice before watching a demonstration by surf life-saving volunteers.

•April 19 - Brisbane: RAAF base visit then reception for Queensland’s young people.

•April 20 - Sydney: Cathedral service then visit Taronga Zoo where the bilby enclosure is being named after Prince George.

•April 21 - Rest.

•April 22 - Uluru (Ayers Rock) (Second night away from George): Visit the National Indigenous Training Academy, view Aboriginal art display then walk round part of the rock.

•April 23 - Adelaide: View young people’s music workshop and watch skateboarding display.

•April 24 - Canberra: Visit the National Portrait Gallery, attend a reception at Parliament House, plant a tree at the National Arboretum.

•April 25 - Canberra: Attend ANZAC Day March, lay a wreath and plant a ‘Lone Pine’ tree in the Memorial Garden; depart for London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Here's the official schedule for the Royal Visit of Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and baby Prince George:               •April 16 - Sydney: Arrive and attend reception at the Sydney Opera House. •April 17 - Sydney: Fire-ravaged street in Blue Mountains. •April 18 - Sydney: Attend the Royal Easter Show, visit a children’s hospice before watching a demonstration by surf life-saving volunteers. •April 19 - Brisbane: RAF base visit then reception for Queensland’s young people. •April 20 - Sydney: Cathedral service then visit Taronga Zoo where the bilby enclosure is being named after Prince George. •April 21 - Rest. •April 22 - Uluru (Ayers Rock) (Second night away from George): Visit the National Indigenous Training Academy, view Aboriginal art display then walk round part of the rock. •April 23 - Adelaide: View young people’s music workshop and watch skateboarding display. •April 24 - Canberra: Visit the National Portrait Gallery, attend a reception at Parliament House, plant a tree at the National Arboretum. •April 25 - Canberra: Attend ANZAC Day March, lay a wreath and plant a ‘Lone Pine’ tree in the Memorial Garden. •Depart for home.  This sector will be preceded by a visit to New Zealand details of which are:  •April 7 - Wellington: Arrive to ceremonial welcome. •April 8 - Rest. •April 9 - Wellington: Meet parents and their babies at Government House, hopefully with George. •April 10 - Blenheim: Events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. •Wellington: State Reception where William will unveil a portrait of the Queen. •April 11 - Auckland: Meet serving air force personnel and their families. Race each other across Auckland Harbour in Team New Zealand Americas Cup yachts. Ride on a Sealegs craft - boat that can be driven into and out of water. •April 12 - Waikato: William views an aircraft factory while Kate goes to a children’s hospice. Both travel through Hamilton town centre and meet Olympic athletes and open the new velodrome. •April 13 - Dunedin (Travel away from George for one night): Maori tribal welcome, visit cathedral then watch and participate in a Rippa Rugby tournament - non contact rugby. •Queenstown: Wine tasting, travel on the Shotover Jet - 50mph white water ride. •April 14 - Christchurch: Ceremony for those who died in 2011 earthquake. Watch a 2015 Cricket World Cup event, later visit air force museum and memorial wall. •April 15 - Rest. •April 16 - Wellington: Visit a police training college, sign the city’s visitor book then depart.
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Prince William to visit Australia and New Zealand Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 09 March 2011

Prince William will visit Australia before he marries Catherine Middleton on 29 April.

The Prince will go to the  flood devastated areas in Queensland and Victoria and the  earthquake-ravaged Christchurch and Greymouth, the scene of the Pike Mine disaster in New Zealand.

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Premier Anna Bligh told the Queensland Parliament she hopes the Royal Visit will boost her state's struggling tourism industry.

"I do thank the Prince for his decision to visit Australia," she said.

"I hope that he sends the message back to his friends and colleagues in the UK that Queensland is open for business, and that while he's here he gets an opportunity to see that for himself."

The Prime Minister of New Zealand the Rt. Hon.  John Key said the visit will comfort his country as it faces "its darkest hours".

"This is a heart-warming gesture that will mean a lot to the thousands of people whose lives have been forever changed by these events," he said.

"I would like to personally thank The Queen for thinking of New Zealand in its darkest hours and very much look forward to seeing Prince William again, even though it is in very sad circumstances."



...Catherine Middleton...


The palace explained that the Prince's fiancée Catherine Middleton would not join Prince William for the trip, which will be  from 17 to 21 March , because it is an official royal visit.

Prince William visited Australia and New Zealand in January last year where our future King impressed people about his concern about and interest.

These visits were undertaken while he was on leave from the military. Although the visit to Australia was private, it was filled with appointments.

 

 
Royal letter to Aboriginal elder Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 01 April 2010

We were surprised when a copy of a letter came to us was dated the 8th of March 2010 from Prince William’s secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton at St. James’s Palace to Mick Mundine of the Redfern Community Centre. As they say, it  must have,  fallen off the back of a truck.

It showed the care and concern Prince William has for Australia and its indigenous inhabitants. It is wonderful for our cause, the cause of defending our ancient constitutional system and supporting the family which has for so long rendered such impeccable and disinterested service to the nation.



Were Prince William a politician,  he would have revealed the contents of the letter at a press conference in time for the evening TV news. He might have copied some of our republican politicians who never stop dressing for the theme, for example. as builders at new sites or as surgeons in hospitals. 

As the subject of the letter related to a search for human remains, Prince William could have slipped on, say,  a police officer’s cap or dressed like Sherlock Homes.

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He didn’t. After all, the The Crown is above politics. The letter was not there for effect, to win votes as a president might, or even to shore up our oldest institution, the Australian Crown.

Instead the letter was boldly marked ” Private and  confidential.”  That stopped us in our tracks.

Australians for Constitutional Monarchy would be the last people in the Commonwealth of Australia to breach a Royal injunction or betray a Royal confidence.

So regretfully, we decided to do....nothing.



...Royal Letter in the public arena...



But now   The Sydney Morning Herald (1/4), AAP and the ABC (1/4) have published the story behind the letter, and the Herald has even posted the letter on its site. (We still can’t bring ourselves to publish it)

It related to an Aboriginal warrior Pemulwuy  who led  a guerrilla campaign  against  settlers at Toongabbie, Parramatta and the Hawkesbury River for more than a decade  before he was shot, decapitated and his head sent to England.

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When Prince William was in Sydney Aboriginal elders at Redfern asked him return the missing skull.

The Prince was deeply moved by the story and his secretary has initiated what he describes as a ''supremely important search''.  He has certainly thrown himself into the task. But the skull remains missing and may have been destroyed in a war time bombing.  But there is still hope.

The letter, as we have said, can be seen on the Herald site.









... “the heart and spirit of his mother”: Aboriginal elder...



 

Aboriginal elder Mr.Mick Mundine told Josephine Tovey from the Herald that he was surprised when he opened the letter and saw the royal insignia.  ''For Prince William to give us the recognition, and send us the letter back, that shows respect,'' he said.

 "It was a blessing and a bit of a shock when we got the letter but that just shows what sort of a man this Prince William could be," he told AAP’s Dean Lewins.

''For Prince William to give us the recognition, and send us the letter back, that shows respect. "For Aboriginal people, it will heal part of the wound and I think it will bring this bridge much better amongst Australian and Aboriginal people."It'll be just a blessing to get that good spirit flowing around Australia."

"He's such a respectful young man. I think he's got the heart and the spirit of his mother and he's showed it," he said

."He respected not just Aboriginal people in Redfern but he respected everyone that was there on the day."

"I just hope that we can really heal the wound and bring the good spirit to flow right across Australia."

 

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[The Prince's Table,Royal Botanic Gardens January 2010, left to right: Ian Thorpe, Prince William, Premier Kristina Keneally, Jai Martinkovits, Major.Lowther-Pinkerton]




  

 
 
The world noticed: Prince William's triumph Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Friday, 12 March 2010

  The recent visit of Prince William was by any measure a great success not only for him and those core institutions, the Australian and New Zealand Crowns, but financially for Australia and New Zealand.

Despite the ungracious complaint about the visit by the republican leader, as the video below shows, the republican movement  glosses over the fact that unlike a political president and  vice president and similar politicians at the state and territory level we pay nothing – nothing - to the Royal Family.
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...extraordinary return from Royal Visit...






Even in the United Kingdom the Royal Family more than pays for itself. The monarch’s properties in the  Crown Estate more than cover the funds provided by the British Government, not as salaries, but for state  expenses properly incurred.  This also covers the running costs of The Queen of Australia as well as providing a very handsome profit for the British government. And that government has behaved appallingly, leaving heritage buildings in a dangerous state. That ought to at least remind people never to increase the power of the politicians in a politicians’ republic.

There is another factor which trumps the predicable republican whingeing over the costs of a visit which was paid mainly by The Queen. Tourism returns for a Royal Visit are substantial – Australia gets worldwide attention at this time, and unlike tourism advertisements, it is free.

Tourism Australia spent about $100 million on tourism promotion last year, the industry earning about $25 billion from overseas tourism.  Professor Noel Cox from Monarchy New Zealand points out  a single full page advertisement in The Times in London is expensive – Aus$45,000.




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[ Prince William in the Royal Botannic Gardens, Sydney ]




Imagine what we gained from the international media attention about the visit, and just recall the   effect of the “Where the bloody hell are you?”  campaign and you will understand what I mean.

The coverage by  Sky News meant, along with the BBC that the visit was followed on their networks and then by others. The radio, newspaper and magazine reporting was impressive, and not only in the English speaking world.

Two videos follow from the State Visit to New Zealand. They are on the  opening of the Supreme Court of New Zealand, and the speech delivered there.







...constitutional understanding in France... 




The leading French weekly Point de Vue had an illustrated report which described the visit as a triumph beyond all hopes.   The Royalist site Gotha de France reported that he was given an enthusiastic reception. It was interesting that they grasped immediately the constitutional position in Australia, reporting that the Prince  was received by the Governor-General,  “chef d'Etat de l'Australie, une monarchie constitutionnelle”, the head of state .



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In the meantime the London Sun (28/1) decided to be creative. Using a photo of the Prince beside a vacant throne, the journalistic imagination created the headline: “ Wills eyes his future job.”  The story began “Prince William casts a longing glance at an empty throne yesterday - looking like he was dreaming of the day he'll sit on one.” 

This is fiction, not fact. Are you surprised?

 

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[The Prince's Table in the royal Botannic Gardens Sydney , left to right: Ian Thorpe, Prince William, Premier Kristina Keneally, Jai Martinkovits, Major.Lowther-Pinkerton]

 

 
Welcome to Prince 'nauseating' says leading republican Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 03 February 2010

The fact that the second in line to the throne, Prince William, is is a very likeable young man, and has dedicated his life to service ensured that his visit to Australia would be a great success.

All of this has curiously come as a surprise to the doyen of republican academicians, Professor Greg Craven, Vice Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University.  Professor Craven, whom I once described as Australia's answer to the Marquis de Talleyrand,  is clearly upset by Australians' welcome to the Prince.  As are a number of republicans, a small and diminishing band in Australia. 

In “Celebrity monarchs rule” in The Australian Financial Review on 1 February 2010, he registers his outrage with his fellow Australians.

Could there be, he asks, anything as “nauseating” as the interest of “ an entire continent lying on its back to have its tummy tickled” by Prince William?


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[ Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord ]






...Australians condemned as " constitutional sl*ts"...




He concludes that Australians are a nation of “constitutional sl*ts."  Really? If he is talking about "passionate" republicans being interested in royalty, surely Professor Craven is aware of the phenomenon we warn our supporters about.  This is never to stand between republicans and visiting royalty, even minor European royalty - otherwise you'll risk being knocked over in the rush.  



 “In a laid back way we will bag the pommy monarchy in pubs and picnics,” Professor Craven claims, although I have never once heard such bagging in pubs “but at the first sign of a princely grin, lie back and think of England.”



This reminds me of the  words of  celebrated communist playwright
Bertolt Brecht, who  wrote  in the poem Die Lösung (The Solution) that when the East Germans could take no more from their communist masters and rose up in  1953,  “ the people had thrown away the confidence of the government.”

He asked “.... would it not be easier.. for the government to dissolve the people and elect another?




...Australia's Talleyrand?....




Professor Craven, an eminent constitutional lawyer and university vice chancellor,  is a man who is not ashamed to change his mind or adopt new ideas. During the referendum I was involved in a debate with him in Perth where the republican team included the Federal Attorney General, Daryl Williams QC and Senator Stott Despoja.

I was with the former Governor-General Bill Hayden and former minister andformer  Perth Lord Mayor, Reg Withers.  By that time, Professor Craven had changed from being a strongly committed constitutional monarchist to becoming a supporter of the “least-worst “model proposed by Dick McGarvie and then, to a supporter of the Keating Turnbull model.

So in the debate I mischievously described him as the Australian answer to the Marquis de Talleyrand.

(Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, an aristocrat in holy orders, served in succession the doomed King Louis XVI, various republican regimes during the Reign of Terror, the Emperor Napoleon I, the restored King Louis XVIII and  after the revolution against that King, the “bourgeois” monarch  Louis-Philippe.)

 Rather than being indignant, Professor Craven took my criticism as praise. He continues to embrace ways and means of obtaining republic - provided always that it be conservative.

But from this visit he must know the Australian people are not going to reject the Crown.They are just not interested in a politicians' republic.  So why does he expect  Australians to treat our Royal Family with disdain?
 
 
Prince William: Unpublished Photographs from the Barbecue Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 01 February 2010

These rare photographs begin with a shot of the Prince's table and other photographs of the barbecue given by Premier Kristina Keneally in the Royal Botannic Gardens on Prince William's second day in Sydney, 21 January 2010.   it seems that none of these have been published until now . The photographer is Benjamin Townsend.

The video clip from Channel 9 shows scenes from the barbecue. You can see the Prince's table, and a shot at the harbour front which includes Thomas Flynn.

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[The Prince's Table, left to right: Ian Thorpe, Prince William, Premier Kristina Keneally, Jai Martinkovits, Major.Lowther-Pinkerton]

 

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[ Prince William]

 

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[Prince William and Premier Keneally]

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[ Prince William speaks]

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[ Prince William with the Premier and young people ]

 

 
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